Accused test driving thief selling cars as his own
GONZALES - A man is accused of stealing cars from people and car dealerships and selling them as his own.
The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office and Baton Rouge Police Department are looking for 42-year-old, Shane Richey of Maurepas.
Richey's wanted on felony theft.
"I don't consider myself a dummy but I sure was taken," one of Richey's victims said. He did not want to release his name.
He says, Richey fooled him out of more than $1,200 and used his mother in the scheme, the victim said.
"She had referred him," he said. "Make no mistake about it. Everything he told me was a lie. Every story he told me was a lie."
"Regular guy dressed in nice clothes," car dealership owner Travis Singleton said. "Had a line of credit set up and the man just got me like he got everybody else."
Singleton let Richey take a 2008 Infiniti G35 for a test drive off his car lot in Gonzales. Richey did not bring it back.
In fact, deputies told Singleton Richey sold it to someone else. When police found the car, it came back with a busted front end.
"It's got about a $1,000-$1,500 worth of damage," Singleton said. "That's going to come out of my pocket and to get that fixed."
Deputies also say Richey pulled the same scam on All-Star Ford in Prairieville.
He took a 2010 Toyota Tacoma on a test drive and sold it as his own to the victim who wanted to remain anonymous.
"I feel pretty foolish but I don't want this to happen to anyone else," he said.