A Brownwood man told police he transferred nearly $11,000 to the purported seller of a vehicle in an online purchase, only to find he’d apparently been scammed.
The 31-year-old man told police he found a 2007 Cadillac Escalade for $10,800 on Craigslist and made arrangements to purchase the vehicle, police said. He e-mailed the money to an account in Las Vegas, Nev., and received an Ebay customer service support invoice, but never heard anything back from the seller. He then found that the email address was no longer in service.
The man was told Ebay does not do business through a third party and that the sale of the vehicle may have been a scam.
In other incidents:
• A man told police he went to his burned-out home in the 2200 block of High Meadows to see if anything could be salvaged. He went into a room that had not been damaged and realized a laptop computer and handgun were missing.
• Someone took condenser coils from five air conditioners in the 800 block of Bailey.
• A man told police he was accused of bouncing $351 in checks on an account he believed he had closed. He said he had traded in a vehicle that had some of his old checks inside.
• A Brownwood Regional Medical Center employee told police she had been leaving her vehicle unlocked while at work so co-workers could get in and smoke on breaks. She discovered that her vehicle’s radio was missing.
• A woman told police a set of two rings that are soldered together is missing from her home in the 3900 block of Third.
• Officer Sky Self arrested Walter Tompkins, 18, on charges of evading arrest with a vehicle and striking a fixture. Police were dispatched shortly before 3 a.m. Thursday to the 2000 block of Slayden on a report that a motorist was doing donuts in a parking lot.
The motorist, driving a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado, fled from officers, driving through an alley and striking a gas meter as Self pursued him. Self lost sight of the vehicle, but the motorist wrecked in a culvert at 14th and Stephen F. Austin.
The motorist told police he had fled because he was stupid, scared and had never been in trouble. Police learned later that the motorists is a college student with aspirations of being a game warden.