Man allegedly tried to sell stolen car via Facebook but was caught in the act when cops tried to buy it
I confess I’m not an expert on car theft. If I had, I probably wouldn’t have admitted it anyway. But I know enough about how the world works that I have a little professional advice if you are planning to steal a car and want to 1) profit from the crime and 2) not get arrested:
Don’t sell your car in public places, especially on Facebook.
And if the car has identification stickers, for Pete’s sake, take them off if you do.
You would think that these bits of common sense would be in the arsenal of even the most stupid car thieves.
However, at least according to the Memphis, Tennessee police, you are wrong.
On Wednesday, WHBQ-TV reported that Stevon Gordon, 28, was arrested after listing a stolen car for sale on a social networking site, according to court records.
The records showed that the car was stolen on January 17th.
According to police, two unidentified men pointed guns at the driver of a Nissan Versa outside a store in Memphis. The driver was kicked out, and the men fled in the car.
It’s unclear what happened between last week and this week, but a chain of events, and the apparent stupidity and neglect of those who allegedly kept the Versa, led law enforcement to the vehicle.
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Quote from WHBQ: “This car had clear stickers on the front hood and tailgate under the window, and a week later, officers came across a Facebook post offering the exact same car for sale, court records show.”
According to WREG-TV, Gordon was selling the car, so he was approached by police on Tuesday trying to buy it.
“MPD said that Gordon agreed to meet with them to sell the car, and Gordon was pulled over for a traffic stop along the way to sell the stolen car,” WHBQ reported.
WREG reported that police “were able to verify that the car was stolen.”
Gordon was charged with stealing property worth between $2,500 and $10,000.
He was released on bail – like many others in these days of high crime and reform on bail.
It is not known who stole the car at gunpoint. Gordon’s accusation would seem to reflect that the police currently have no evidence that it was him.
Let’s say he was selling a car, but he wasn’t involved in stealing it. Could you at least ask why you were commissioned to sell it? Ask to see the title to make sure the person has the legal right to sell it? Why couldn’t it be listed on that person’s own Facebook profile?
I’m just spitting here because there isn’t some mischievous car genie that magically comes along and gives you a car, but the catch is that he has the VIN and identification stickers of the same car that was stolen in your area just a few once. days ago.
I know we’ve gotten to the point where high crime rates and “a lot of online activity” have become the norm, but selling a stolen car with identification stickers visible on Facebook is a ridiculously new low.
Unless there is some serious case of misidentification here, Stephon Gordon needs to “explain” something by quoting Ricky Ricardo.
If only he had kept it all away from social media from the start.
Come to think of it, that’s good advice for all of us.
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