Facility owner conned out of $60,000, police say

The suspect was photographed from the rear in this surveillance photo that also shows his vehicle. Police believe a witness may have been in the vehicle, as the brake lights are on.   

Toronto, Ontario — November 26, 2014 — Police are appealing to the public for assistance in identifying a suspect who allegedly conned the owner of a collision repair facility recently. 

The suspect visited the facility in the Toryork Drive and Weston Road area of Toronto several times, proposing a business partnership in which he and the facility’s owner would purchase high-end used vehicles and then ship them to Africa for resale. 
The facility’s owner eventually turned over $60,000 in cash in three installments to the suspect, who is described as always wearing suits and driving high-end SUVs. The suspect has not been heard from since receiving the final installment.  
The suspect is described as a black man between 40 and 50 years of age, about six feet tall and weighing around 200 pounds. 
Police are warning other facility owners to watch out for the suspect. He may have a history of transporting vehicles overseas, as he seems well informed about the topic. 
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-3100, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-8477, or online at 222tips.com.



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