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Alleged 'Bentley Bandit' captured in La. after multi-state spree

July 21, 2011
A 22-year-old man wanted by agencies in seven states — and dubbed the “Bentley Bandit” by police — was arrested July 14 in Louisiana.
           
Police arrested Justin William Durbin in Sulphur, La., after a manhunt that allegedly included several juristictions and resources ranging from bloodhounds to helicopters.
           
The luxury car theft spree began in June when Durbin allegedly stole a Mercedes in Indiana.
           
On June 13, police say Durbin then stole a Mercedes-Benz SL55 from the Mercedes-Benz dealership in Naperville. He reportedly took the vehicle for a test drive and just kept driving.
           
Durbin traded one Mercedes for another in Missouri. The most recent luxury vehicle theft was in Naples, Fla., where police say Durbin stole a 2007 Bentley worth nearly $100,000. He affixed a separately stolen personalized plate to it that read CALL 911. Durbin wrecked the Bentley six hours before his arrest, the Associated Press reported.
           
Police say he was able to avoid capture by using stolen license plates and disposable cell phones.
           
When authorities found Durbin, they said he simply put his hands in the air and said, “It’s me.”
 
 

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