Crime Stoppers: Towing Scams

By Gene Birk | 

Police say a man called Chick-Fil-A last Thursday afternoon, saying he was towing a car to McGown Tire & Service nearby, but wouldn't get there until after they closed. When the man arrived at Chick-Fil-A, he gave them the keys to the car he had allegedly towed. He talked them into paying the $85.00 towing fee, saying McGown would reimburse them when they reopened. But when Chick-Fil-A talked to McGown, McGown was totally unaware of the transaction.

This same scam was pulled on Firehouse Pizza the following night, when a man claimed he was dropping a car off at nearby Walt's Allstate Transmission Service.

Surveillance pictures at Chick-Fil-A show the suspect to be a white male with a heavy build. He was driving a burgundy Ford Aerostar van, and left a set of keys on a SpongeBob SquarePants key chain.

If you know anything about this man or these towing scams, please call Crime Stoppers at 781-CLUE, or click here to get to their web site. You could earn up to $1,000 for your anonymous tip.