A Clayton County, Ga. man reportedly posed as a popular Atlanta rapper in order to steal a $350,000 Bentley and then bring it to a local dealer to get the locks changed on them.
James Collins is behind bars without bond in Fulton County after he posed as a celebrity to bewitch the owner to giving up the title of a 2012 Bentley Mulsanne while also using a bogus wire transfer.
Collins could have gotten away with it, but when the perpetrator tried to have the locks changed at Bentley Atlanta in North Fulton County. General sales manager Christopher Tuckley didn’t buy the thief’s explanation for bringing the car in and alerted authorities.
“He called in Saturday and asked if he could have keys cut for his car, can we program his car,” said Tuckley told WSB-TV.
Tuckley’s hunches were confirmed when Collins also tried to sell the car to him. Of course, Tuckley declined the offer.
“I called Alpharetta Police Department, they ran the VIN number on the vehicle, it came back stolen,” Tuckley said.
Tuckley stalled the perpetrator by agreeing to have some repairs done to the car and told him to return in a few days to pick the car up. When Collins showed up to take back the reigns of the car, Alpharetta authorities were there to greet Collins.
“He stated he had actually purchased the vehicle, that he promised to bring cash to the transaction when the wrecker company dropped the car off at the state line,” said Alpharetta police spokesman George Gordon told the news outlet. “Of course he didn’t have cash.”
Gordon got the owner to give up the title using the rapper disguise, then wired a bogus money transfer to the victim. When the victim found out the wire transfer was bogus, Gordon said the car and its title were gone.
“He stated he had actually purchased the vehicle, that he promised to bring cash to the transaction when the wrecker company dropped the car off at the state line,” said Alpharetta police spokesman George Gordon told WSB-TV. “Of course he didn’t have cash.”
“The owner thought it was OK to put the Bentley on a wrecker and send it to the Georgia-Florida state line whereupon the Bentley was picked up,” said Gordon. “Make sure you have cleared funds. Make sure the title process is done correctly to ensure that you don’t become a victim.”