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Man arrested on suspicion of selling stolen rental vehicles in Bay Area


REDWOOD CITY – A 51-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of selling stolen rental vehicles in the Bay Area, authorities said.

On Tuesday, agents with the San Mateo County Vehicle Theft Task Force began investigating the fraudulent sale of a 2021 GMC Denali in Redwood City, Sgt. Sean Harper said in a news release.

Harper said the victim, a resident of San Jose, purchased the GMC for $31,000. The suspect provided fraudulent documents for the vehicle, including a forged title, Harper said.

Agents learned the suspect was also trying to sell another stolen rental vehicle via an online marketplace, Harper said.

“Initial investigation indicates that this is a burgeoning trend within the greater Bay Area,” Harper said.

On Wednesday, agents arrested the suspect in San Jose. Harper said the suspect was found in possession of a stolen rental vehicle; agents also located a fraudulent South Carolina driver’s license and another forged title.

The suspect – identified as a resident of Deer Park, Texas – was booked into Santa Clara County jail on charges of vehicle theft, possession of a stolen vehicle, theft under false pretenses and forgery.

Harper said the suspect was a parolee-at-large with numerous prior convictions for theft-related offenses.

Anyone with information related to the case or others like it can contact VTTF Agent Michael Sarabia at msarabia@smcgov.org.

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