Car salesman and former cop stops identify thief

Car salesman and former cop stops identify thief

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A Memphis man is behind bars after trying to buy a new car after the salesman realized he was possibly a thief.

He thought the deal went through, but instead of leaving in his new car, he left in a Memphis police car.

Cully Davenport has a lot to do day to day. Along with managing the Gossett Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram Fiat store, he's also selling cars.

Davenport is also busy keeping an eye out for those trying to take what they don't deserve, like police say Joseph Frix tried to do.

“The suspect tried to do everything online,” Davenport said. “We insisted he come into the store.”

According to an affidavit, Frix walked into the dealership Thursday afternoon to buy a Dodge Durango SRT.

“It’s about a $74,000 vehicle,” Davenport said.

Davenport said he first got some red flags about Frix when he failed part of an online credit check a few days before.

He says once he was in the store, Davenport noticed Frix's I.D. looked fake.

The former police officer did some research himself and found out the name Frix was using was not his real name, but was actually a doctor in Austin, Texas.

“I contacted the doctor’s office, got his assistant on the phone and she verified the doctor’s date of birth and social security number was the same as the one the gentleman was using in our store,” Davenport said.

From there Davenport said he had to make everything appear normal to Frix, while at the same time letting police know.

So, Frix went on to complete the transaction.

“As soon as he walked out of the office the police arrested him,” Davenport said.

The affidavit says Frix admitted to using a fake I.D. to buy the car.

He's been charged with identity theft, forgery and attempted auto theft.

Every day, Davenport is on the lookout for people like Frix.

“Go elsewhere because we’re going to catch you,” Davenport said.

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