Workers at an auto shop owned by NBA star Latrell Sprewell sold vehicles that were stolen in Mexico, authorities said.

Nineteen vehicles have been recovered but there have been no arrests directly related to the stolen vehicles, Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies said. Search warrants have been issued for eight locations.

The Knicks guard "does not appear to be involved in these criminal activities," a sheriff's department news release said. Deputies refused to discuss the case.

Sprewell's agent, Robert Gist, said he had been in contact with investigators and his client had been unaware of the thefts.

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