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Auto repair scam 01-12-10

Hawai’i Police Department
South Kohala District
Sergeant Floyd Richards
Phone: 887-3080
January 12, 2010
Report No. C09036767

Media Release

The Hawai’i Police Department is warning the public about an automobile repair scam.

A South Kohala man was approached by an unidentified man in the parking lot of a shopping center. The unidentified man said he had observed the victim’s vehicle on the roadway with a wobbling rear tire and offered to fix the problem for a fee.

The two men proceeded to the victim’s home and then the suspect left with the victim’s vehicle. He returned a short time later, informed the victim that the repairs had been completed and demanded cash payment in the amount of $4,000.

Police are requesting that the public protect themselves and their interests by taking all automotive concerns to a licensed automotive repair technician.