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Man accused of impounded car thefts

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NEW YORK, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- A man pleaded not guilty in New York to stealing three vehicles from a police impound lot and selling them for scrap.

The District Attorney's Office in New York's Queens borough said Carmine Antonelle, 61, of Selden, N.Y., allegedly used his tow truck to take a 1991 Volvo and 1995 Dodge Caravan from a New York Police Department Narcotics impound lot in Queens, the New York Post reported Monday.

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Antonelle allegedly used forged Department of Motor Vehicles paperwork to sell the cars for scrap Nov. 7 and returned to the impound lot for a third vehicle, a 1994 Honda Accord, which he sold at the same junkyard Nov. 16, police said.

The suspect, who was arrested Dec. 9, pleaded not guilty to making false statements and criminal possession of forged instruments. The Post said Antonelle could not be reached for comment.

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