(RENO, Nev.) — Cops in Reno, Nevada, arrested a pair of wannabe MacGyvers for allegedly “fixing” a woman’s car with duct tape and spray paint, then trying to force her to pay for their work.
Police were called to a parking lot Wednesday on a report two men were trying to break into a car. Instead, investigators found the men trying to scam a female motorist into paying for “repairs” they had done to her vehicle. These repairs consisted merely of duct tape and black paint, and the scammers demanded more than $100 for their DIY bodywork.
Cops arrested both unidentified suspects. One of the two suspects was wanted on a fraud warrant in California with a bail of $250,000.
Reno Police warned residents to watch out for scams like this, saying that they are common. The release noted that “reputable car repair specialists do not contact people in parking lots at random.”
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