By Elaine Rackley
The McDonough Police Department is urging residents to be careful about using the internet to purchase vehicles.
A man advertising a car for sale on Craigslist was arrested in an undercover sting operation when he allegedly fleeced a woman during the sale of a 1994 Ford Explorer.
Police arrested Kirk Andrew Taylor, Sr. of McDonough, and charged him with operating a used motor vehicle dealership without a license, and forgery in the first degree. Henry County Magistrate Court Judge Robert Godwin heard the case and set Taylor's bond at $1,600. He was released on July 26.
"The victim found the ad on Craigslist and understood the vehicle was being sold by a private seller," said Gardner. The victim met Taylor in a Wal-mart parking lot, located at 135 South Willow Lane, in McDonough, to purchase the Explorer.
Detective Gardner said when the victim attempted to obtain a title to the car, she was informed she had actually purchased the car from Cheap Auto Inc., located in Tamarac, Fla.
Police were able to determine during their undercover investigation that Taylor was the owner of the dealership, and he insisted the victim pay Florida taxes on the car, even though she is a Georgia resident.
"Taylor was not licensed to sale motor vehicles in either Georgia or Florida," said Gardner. "Additionally, the title that Taylor eventually provided the victim contained a fictitious dealer identification number."
The victim paid for what Gardner described as "a piece of junk," but detectives did not disclose the amount of money involved.
"People should use caution when purchasing vehicles at places other than licensed dealerships," said the detective. "The victim suffered a financial loss as a result of her dealing with a shady dealership."