Newport News Police looking for suspect in several fraud incidents

Posted at 12:52 PM, Jan 09, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-09 12:52:08-05

Newport News Police are looking for a man involved in several incidents of fraud.

In incidents on December 5th and on January 1st, the unknown suspect approached victims at CarMax Auto Sales at 12966 Jefferson Avenue and presented a story saying he had been left several cars by a deceased father.

He says he has the vehicles on different car lots and needs to get rid of them. Once he has the victim interested, he offers the cars for free as long as they pay several hundred dollars for titling and processing fees.

The suspect will take the victims to several car dealerships and show them  the vehicles. The suspect will then go inside and talk with the sales people and tell them he is showing his family some cars and will find them if he needs assistance.

This is done to keep the sales people from approaching the victims. Once they have a “car” they like he will take the money and state he is going to the DMV to title the vehicle and transfer it to the victim, but instead disappears.

The suspect is described as a black male, about 45-years-old, 5’8” to 5’9” and heavy-set.

Anyone who recognizes this man is asked to call the Newport News Police Department and ask for Detective Lenoir at 928-4258 or Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.