- "There are enough slips here to keep them stealing cars till Christmas."
- ―Cole Phelps
Pink slips are legal certificates for the registering and ownership of vehicles. In Los Angeles, the exclusive Government contract to print pink slips was given to Gordon Leitvol who owned the Marquee Printing Company. Unfortunately, Leitvol had a gambling addiction with a bad losing streak, his addiction threatened to void his government contracts. Desperate to pay off his debt of $20,000, Leitvol headed a stolen auto racket, profiting off stolen cars. With the help of Steven Bigelow, Leitvol could store cars in Bigelow's warehouse and later sell them in other states. Leitvol provided Bigelow with a large supply of pink slips to cover the fraud and to make the sales seem legitimate. James Belasco and Jean Archer would export the cars and perform the sales, usually giving vacant addresses on the pink slips so they couldn't be traced.
Events of L.A. Noire
Unfortunately Archer was greedy and naive enough to sell one of the cars herself in LA to Richard Coombs, a used car salesman. The car was then resold to Cliff Harrison. Harrison's car was recognized by the LAPD as a stolen vehicle, Detectives Phelps and Bekowsky investigated, arresting Archer in connection to the stolen and Belasco under suspicion of grand theft auto. Despite both of them having legitimate and authentic paperwork, Phelps deduced that Archer and Belasco were involved in a stolen car racket due to their shared fake address on their pink slips. Phelps and Bekowsky later discovered a large delivery of pink slips to Bigelow's warehouse. They raided the warehouse, where upon discovering the pink slip supplies, stolen cars and Leitvol's gambling debts, Phelps and Bekowsky had enough proof to convict Leitvol and racketeering and fraud.