Quick thinking car dealer helps police catch fraudster


An attendant at a car dealership sensed something wasn’t quite right, and alerted police to a man who was then arrested and charged with fraud.

On Wednesday, January 31 a man contacted a car dealership in Penrith for the purpose of purchasing a vehicle.

It is alleged that the 20-year-old Woodcroft man made arrangements to purchase the vehicle using two credit cards, but by making several transactions on each card.

The man made arrangements to collect the car that afternoon and the attendant has alerted police to the behaviour.

At 3.15pm, the 20-year-old arrived at the dealership and signed all the relevant paperwork, and was handed the keys.

Police then approached the man and had a conversation with him.

It’s alleged that following a search of the man, police located a mobile phone on him that contained information sensitive to their investigations, and the man was subsequently arrested.

He was charged with two counts of ‘Dishonestly obtain property by deception’ and a search warrant was conducted on his home address. There, police located another motor vehicle that appears to have been obtained by way of fraud.

He was bail refused to appear in Penrith Local Court on Friday, March 9.

There are further investigations in relation to the purchase and sale of several goods stolen by the man, with the likelihood of further charges being laid.

Emily Newton

Emily Newton is the Weekender’s police and political reporter. Emily is also the Weekender’s Senior Journalist.