Man charged in Newport News car scheme investigation

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on January 10, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 14 at 12:35 PM

1/14 UPDATE: Sheldon Laveil Johnson, 43, turned himself in Monday, police told WVEC.com.

 

NEWPORT NEWS -- Police in Newport News are searching for a suspect wanted for multiple crimes, including swindling and fraud. 

Police say in two separate cases, he's approached his victims told them he'd been left several cars by his deceased father and needed to get rid of them. When the victims showed interest, he offered the cars for free as long as they paid several hundred dollars for titling and processing fees.
 

Detective Tom LeNoir says the man will spend an entire day with his victims to build their trust. He even takes them to reputable car dealerships, saying that's where the cars are being held.  He distracts the salespeople by telling them he's showing his family a car.

That way, the employees will not interfere with him, LeNoir noted.  

Once each victim decided on a car, he would take their money and state he was going to the DMV to title the vehicle and transfer it to them, but instead disappeared.  

The man is described as being about 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-9, with a heavy build. 
 
Police say while both crimes occurred in December, they worry the suspect may strike again. 
 
Anyone who recognizes this man is asked to call the Newport News Police Department or Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

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