Man claiming to be constable accused of stealing car after replying to Craigslist ad

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WASHINGTON COUNTY, Pa. - Southwest Regional Police said they're searching for man accused of stealing a car he found through a Craigslist advertisement.

Investigators said Jeffery Paul reported that he tried selling a Ford Crown Victoria on the website and received a response from a man who identified himself as John Tobisti.

In December, Paul said he met the man at a Bentleyville store and was told by the buyer that he was a Pennsylvania state constable who needed the vehicle for work purposes.

Paul said he had the buyer sign a contract, promising to pay for the car. Afterward, Paul said the man never made a payment and broke off contact with him.

Police said they later learned that "John Tobisti" is actually Timothy Rossell, who is not a constable.

A warrant for Rossell's arrest has been issued. He's described as a 25-year-old white male with blonde hair, green eyes and weighs about 200 pounds.

Police said Rossell is known to frequent the Bentleyville and Roscoe areas of Washington County. Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call 724-929-8484.