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Houston police notes significant uptick in vehicle fraud arrests in July

Click2Houston, By Andy Cerota, July 29, 2021

HOUSTON – His name is Jerod Atkins but that’s not the name Houston police say he used when he tried to buy an $85,000 brand new truck from a local dealership using a stolen identity.

Rarely, do they stop at just one, investigators said.

“If they can obtain two or three more vehicles, they will continue to do so until that identification doesn’t work anymore. They’ll hop from one identity to another,” said Sgt. D. Schlosser, HPD’s Auto Theft Division Vehicle Fraud Unit.

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