Texas Woman Busted After Renting Car, Trying To Sell It Online For Half Its Value: Police

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Source: Humble Police Department

Mar. 11 2023, Published 10:45 a.m. ET

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A Texas woman has been charged with theft after renting a car and then trying to sell it for half its value, authorities said.

On Mar. 4, a woman in Humble was arrested after police set up a buy-and-bust operation to catch her in the act of trying to sell a rental car, according to the Humble Police Department.

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A citizen told officers they found a 2022 Toyota Camry for sale online but believed the vehicle had actually been stolen.

The buyer said they had already met with the female seller, who was trying to sell the almost brand-new car for half its retail price.

The two agreed to meet again at a later time to complete the transaction, and the buyer took a picture of the woman’s Texas driver’s license and the title of the vehicle.

The buyer thought the driver’s license looked off, so they ran information on it and found nothing matched up.

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Police were able to use the VIN from the fake title and find the actual owner of the Toyota, who told police the car was actually not for sale but was a rental.

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Officers set up the buy-and-bust sting to catch the suspect in the act, and police said once the buyer and seller met up again and agreed on a price of $10,000 for the car, the seller was taken into custody.

The woman was charged with third-degree felony auto theft and second-degree felony tampering, according to authorities.


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