BENTLEYVILLE, Pa. - Multiple arrest warrants have been issued for a Bentleyville man accused of running a scam on Craigslist to steal cars.
Police said Timothy Rossell, who has three warrants out for his arrest, uses fake information to scam sellers.
“We have no idea how immense this is, and we fully envision after this broadcast we will get more calls,” Southwest Regional Police Chief John Hartman said.
Sara Edwards told Channel 11 News that she fell victim to Rossell’s scam.
“I’m very upset. My husband is very upset. We work hard for what we get,” Edwards said.
According to Edwards, she posted her truck for sale on Craigslist in December and Rossell showed up to look at it.
“We looked over the contract and it seemed legit. We looked over all the paperwork and he showed us his insurance card and driver’s license,” Edwards said.
Edwards said they went to a notary together, Rossell wrote her a $700 check and agreed to pay the other $12,300 in installments. She said she hasn’t heard from him since.
“The name on the contract is not his name and the driver’s license wasn’t him,” Edwards said.
Investigators said Rossell tells his victims that he’s a cop to gain their trust.
Anyone who thinks they may have been scammed by Rossell is asked to contact police.
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