MEMPHIS, Tenn. - For the second time in as many weeks, a group of young men stole a car they were pretending to buy.
They used the same scheme both times to steal the car the owner was trying to sell through Craigslist.
According to the victims and investigators, the men -- each in their late teens -- pull up in a white Nissan car.
They act like they are interested in the car, bargain a little and then ask for a test drive.
However, when the engine starts, they take off and leave the seller empty-handed.
Memphis police and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office are both working to find the group of men.
The latest victim, Joel, said he put his Audi up for sale on Monday.
He immediately had interested buyers, but the sale did not go as planned.
“They were checking the car, they were looking around the car. Then they asked for a test drive,” said Joel.
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Instead of a test drive, the fake buyers just stole the car.
The first thing Joel did was call 911. Second, he posted the surveillance video on Facebook.
It was shared hundreds of times and seen by a man named Mauricio Granada.
He was carjacked the exact same way while selling his car two weeks ago.
“They did the same thing to him, and apparently it was the same people. Because he recognized the car that was in the video,” said Joel.
Granada ended up recovering his car himself.
He got a tip that it was parked at Wal-Mart, then followed it himself for more than 30 minutes to the Lakes at Ridgeway Apartments.
When Granada heard Joel’s was stolen, he went back to the apartment complex.
“He sent me a picture and he asked me, ‘If this is your car, give me a call, because I know where it is,’” said Joel. “So, I called him right after he texted me.”
Both men have their vehicles again, but they are going to wait a little while longer to try to sell them again.
The suspects are still out there, and police are urging anyone looking to sell a car to be extra cautious and meet the potential buyer in a public place or at a police precinct.
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