A 54-year-old Rhode Island man has been indicted in connection with theft of tires and rims from numerous luxury vehicles in Connecticut and three other states, federal prosecutors said.

Michael Farias, of Providence, was indicted by a federal grand jury in New Haven “with offenses related to his alleged role in a scheme to steal tires and rims from new vehicles at car dealerships in northeastern states and then sell the stolen items to individuals across the country,” prosecutors announced Tuesday.

Police departments from Shelton, Milford, Waterbury, Stonington, Vernon and Darien worked with the FBI on the case.

The indictment was returned under seal on March 10 and Farias was arrested Tuesday. He appeared via video conference before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert M. Spector and was released on a $100,000.

As alleged in the indictment, between May 2015 and August 2018, Farias and others stole tires and rims from numerous luxury vehicles at car dealerships in Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and Maine. The co-conspirators then sold the stolen goods to others around the U.S., according to the indictment.

The indictment charges Farias with one count of conspiracy to transport stolen property, an offense that carries up to five years in jail, and one count of interstate transportation of stolen property, an offense that carries up to10 years in prison.