George Cleveland III (Greenville Co. Sheriff's Office)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -
A Seneca man was arrested last week after Greenville County deputies said he sold two stolen vehicles to a dealership.
Deputies said they were called by the dealership on June 21. They said the dealership reported that George Cleveland III was trying to sell a vehicle which they believed was stolen. They said deputies arrived at the scene and found that the vehicle Cleveland was trying to sell had been stolen from a dealership in Easley.
Cleveland was arrested and charged with possession of a stolen vehicle and falsifying a vehicle identification number. He was released on bond.
Deputies said that a few days later, the same dealership that called them on June 21 called again and reported that they found another vehicle that Cleveland had sold to them in May was also stolen.
Cleveland was arrested on Thursday and was again charged with possession of a stolen vehicle and falsifying a VIN. He was also charged with obtaining monies under false pretense. He was again released on bond.
Investigators said they believe Cleveland would change the VIN plates on stolen vehicles and use legal paperwork for a similar vehicle to sell it to dealerships as legitimate. They said they believe Cleveland may have used the same scam on other buyers.
Deputies asked anyone who believes they may have been taken by the scam to call the Greenville County Sheriff's Office at 864-271-5210.
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