City officials are asking for help locating a man who is accused of running scams for low-cost car repair on Craigslist.
Three warrants were issued for 28-year-old Chad Crosby, of Mifflin Township. He is wanted for failure to appear in court to answer a series of theft charges.
According to Columbus City Attorney Richard Pfeiffer Jr., Crosby is accused of using the classified advertisement website Craigslist to offer low-cost car repair services to identify potential victims.
Crosby allegedly used his parents' house to meet one of his alleged victims, and a Bob Evans parking lot for another.
He allegedly met a third victim at the victim's residence.
In all three cases, officials said Crosby reportedly looked over the cars and asked for cash in advance under the guise of needing to purchase parts.
According to reports, Crosby claimed he worked for an auto repair shop and could get a good deal on parts from "his brother, who worked at a [car] dealership."
Authorities said it appears that Crosby had been fired from a repair shop a year earlier, and it's unclear if he has a brother.
The victims said Crosby allegedly took their money but never performed the work or refunded the money.
According to investigators, Crosby made various excuses why the repairs were being delayed until he ultimately stopped answering the victims' calls.
"I can't say we're dealing with a criminal mastermind here, but this is a good reminder for people to be cautious when making arrangements via the Internet," said Assistant City Prosecutor Bill R. Hedrick.
Crosby also has an open warrant dating back to 2010 for passing bad checks.
Crosby is described as a white male, 6 feet 2 inches tall, 160 pounds with brown hair and green eyes.
Anyone with information on Chad Edward Crosby is asked to contact Bill Hedrick at 614-645-8874 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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