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Alexandria man arrested for stealing luxury cars with fake IDs

Alexandria Police at night (staff photo by James Cullum)

A 30-year-old Alexandria man held without bond in the city jail is wanted across the country for at stealing at least luxury vehicles with fake identifications around the country.

Serge Ahmed Zeba, a native of Burkina Faso, West Africa, was arrested in the parking lot of the Extended Stay Hotel in the Landmark area on Jan. 26, and was charged with possessing a fictitious identification or license, possession of a stolen vehicle, unauthorized use of a stolen vehicle and providing a false identity to law enforcement.

Zeba was living in the hotel and was driving a dark-colored BMW X6, which was allegedly stolen from a dealership in Savannah, Georgia, in 2020. He is accused of using phony cash orders to buy multiple luxury cars, including

“Mr. Zeba voluntarily provided a Delaware Driver’s License when asked for identification,” police said in a search warrant affidavit. “The name on the ID provided was James Dingwall… but the name could not be confirmed through the Department of Motor Vehicles.”

Zeba allegedly tried to flee from police by starting the car and putting it into drive, but it stalled and the engine shut down.

Inside the car, officers found multiple identifications that did not belong to Zeba, as well as “cash, checks and what appear to be tools to manufacture and print identifications and checks,” according to the affidavit.

Police then found several outstanding warrants against Zeba, who has since been charged in federal court with identity theft and wire fraud.

In addition to numerous failed attempts, Zeba is accused of stealing the following vehicles:

  • A 2021 Audi Q8 from a dealer in Omaha, Nebraska
  • A 2022 BMW 840XI from a dealer in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • A  2021 Lexus RX350 from a dealer in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • A 2022 BMW M850i X-Drive from a dealer in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • A 2022 BMW X6 from a dealership in Towson, Maryland
  • A 2021 Lamborghini Urus from a dealership in Atlanta, Georgia

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