Drivers warned about illegal car thefts by towing - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Drivers warned about illegal car thefts by towing

(WMC-TV) - An illegal means of car towing is keeping Memphis police officers busy.

Ronnie Duncan stored his prized 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle at one of his rental homes not far from where he lives.

"I was driving past Graham and Leroy and I looked over and I saw it wasn't there," said Duncan.

Duncan's tenant told him a man showed up and said he bought the car, so he helped the man, who had a tow truck, hook it up.  Before the man could leave with the car, a man across the street asked if the car was for sale.

"He just saw it there, he wanted one and he made the deal," said Duncan.  "He got a bill of sale and got the guy's drivers license."

That drivers license led to Hurley James, who sold the car to the man across the street for $327.

"I think it's a whole lot of garbage when the man says Hurley stole the car," said Hurley James' mother, Joyce James.  "He needs to get things straight."

Joyce James said her son was asked to tow the car.

"Never heard of him," she said.

Police arrested Hurley James and charged him with theft of property.

Earlier this week, police arrested and charged Joseph White with theft of property for stealing a car and selling it.

According to investigators, Timothy White was repairing a 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier for someone when it was stolen from his driveway.  The car was then sold to a car dealer.

An employee at Mars AutoCenter, who asked to remain anonymous, said the business has a bill of sale for the car and a fingerprint.

The fingerprint led police to Joseph White.  Mars AutoCenter sold the car to U-Pull-It on Watkins.

Duncan eventually got his prized Chevelle back.

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