Man ID’s Stolen Truck on Craigslist

A Detroit man is accused of stealing a pickup truck and trying to sell it on Craigslist.

Aaron Lockridge allegedly stole and tried to sell a 2002 Ford F-350 on Craigslist.  Lockridge unknowingly sold the pickup to undercover detectives who had been tracking the stolen vehicle after a tip from the original owner.

The original owner contacted the Macomb Auto Theft Squad after he saw the truck listed for sale on Craigslist. Teaming with the Wayne County Auto Theft Team, undercover detectives posed as buyers and made a deal with the seller to buy the pickup for $8,000.

At an arranged meeting, Lockridge arrived in the stolen truck and was arrested. The seized F350 was re-tagged with a vehicle identification number belonging to a 2001 Ford F150 pickup.

Detectives searched the suspect’s home in Detroit where they recovered two stolen motorcycles and a stolen Chevrolet Trailblazer from a garage. The Trailblazer belonging to an active Marine who was away on duty.

 

VIDEO: Buried Vehicle Allegedly Used in Insurance Fraud Scam

Thursday night the Corpus Christi Caller Times reported on a tip the National Insurance Crime Bureau received about a stolen vehicle buried in the ground.

A nonprofit that investigates insurance-related crimes received a tip that may yield a felony fraud charge against a vehicle owner, officials from the National Insurance Crime Bureau said.

 

A tip was received by law enforcement in Refugio County about a buried vehicle, which was extracted Thursday…the vehicle was reported stolen in November in Arkansas.

Here is video of the vehicle being dug out in Refugio County, Texas. A claim was allegedly filed with the owners’ insurance company.

 

Insurance Fraud Headlines for May 12, 2015

Here are the top insurance fraud stories for today:

* Des Moines police: Car arson may be connected to other case (Des Moines Register)

* Man convicted of workers’ compensation fraud (Command Investigations)

* ‘ME sufferer’ caught out by sports car YouTube videos (BBC)

* Nissan rules, Chrysler disappoints in latest SUV crash tests (Consumer Reports)

* Husband and wife admit massive medical kickbacks scheme (NJ.com)