Police are looking for a man accused of using Craigslist to swindle thousands of dollars from shoppers in Baton Rouge who thought they were buying affordable used cars from him.
Larry Anthony Sherman is wanted on three counts of felony theft in an online scheme that spanned at least two months, according to an arrest warrant issued Monday.
Sherman 30, 6214 Villa Ashley Ave., is already under indictment in two unrelated felony cases.
The victims reported similar accounts of agreeing to meet Sherman, handing over stacks of cash, then never receiving the car he promised them.
One case involved a 62-year-old man who took interest in Sherman’s listing on Craigslist, a popular classified advertisement website, for a 2006 Nissan Maxima for $3,000. In early December, the man met the seller, who provided an alias of Anthony Craft, at Oak View Auto Auction on Florida Boulevard.
The seller showed the man a car parked behind a fence and told him it could be his for $3,000, according to an arrest warrant.
The con artist then drove the man to the Neighbors Federal Credit Union on Goodwood Boulevard, where he withdrew the cash and gave it to Sherman “under the promise that the vehicle would later be delivered to him at 3:30 p.m. the same day,” the warrant said.
“The victim advised that said vehicle was never delivered to him, and all attempts to contact the suspect have been unsuccessful,” Detective Bryan Thompson wrote in the warrant.
Police served Craigslist with a search warrant and found six posts containing the same phone number as the one listed with the Maxima.
Detectives later linked Sherman to another cellphone number associated with the fraudulent listings, and the victim picked Sherman out of a photo lineup.
In a similar case, a woman told police she gave Sherman $2,800 for a 2002 Toyota Camry in late November. When she went to ABC Auction on Blount Road that afternoon to pick up the car, employees told her “They had no idea what she was talking about,” according to a warrant.
Court records show Sherman was charged last year with unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling and felony theft. In the theft case, he’s accused of stealing tires and wheels from a vehicle at a mechanic’s shop on Florida Boulevard.
Surveillance footage captured Sherman smoking during the theft, and the State Police Crime Lab later found his DNA on a cigarette butt he left at the scene.