Northeast Police Issue ‘Toyota Scam’ Warning

By EGP News Report

A large number of Toyota Tacoma pickup trucks are being stolen and sold with fake registrations in the northeast part of Los Angeles and other nearby neighborhoods, authorities reported Tuesday.

“We have an on-going Toyota Tacoma scam occurring in the northeast and several San Fernando Valley neighborhoods,” according to the LAPD’s Northeast Division, which serves Eagle Rock, Echo Park, Glassell Park, Los Feliz, Silver Lake and other areas.

The trucks are stolen and then the thieves create fake registrations and sell them on large streets to unsuspecting victims, police said.

When the victims try to register the trucks, they discover they are stolen and are out all the money they paid to the suspects—usually around $8,000 or $9,000.

Anyone seeing Tacoma trucks for sale in their neighborhoods should call detectives at the Northeast Division at (213) 847-4264.

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August 11, 2011  Copyright © 2012 Eastern Group Publications, Inc.


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