Buyer Kyle Whitlow of Tennessee saw the ad for the hulking Suburban on Craigslist and thought he’d struck gold when the Suburban was listed at a bargain $30,000.
The advertiser told him to meet up in a Nashville McDonald’s parking lot, where Whitlow handed over the money.
The Nashville thieves didn’t even bother to count the notes, but instead grabbed them, handed over the keys, and sped off in another car.
It was the speediness of the exchange that caused Kyle to feel suspicious.
And his suspicions only grew when he tried to register the Chevrolet Suburban – only to find that it was already registered by a rental car company.
A Perfect Crime for Nashville Thieves
“It was on Craigslist,” said the hapless Kyle. “But what gave to away is he didn’t want to count the money or nothing.”
Maybe he trusted you, mate. Nothing wrong with that. Perhaps you had a friendly face.
The car was not the only thing the thieves have stolen over the course of a two-day crime binge. They had stolen other vehicles, and had also committed credit card fraud, and used a stolen credit card to pay for the SUV.
After leaving the rental car place, the thieves tried to make the Suburban look like their own car.
They ripped off a license plate from a local Toyota Camry and outfitted it over the rental car’s plate, before going to the lengths of forging documents to make it look like they owned the car.
Then they placed an ad on Craigslist. Which is when the unsuspecting Kyle became involved.
As of the time of writing, the pair of bandits are still on the run after boarding a flight to Houston once the sale was finalised, and the police have allegedly told Kyle that the thieves won’t even do jail time.
“That’s what I don’t understand. If I’d stolen it, I’d be in jail already,” said Kyle.
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