Teen arrested for posing as FBI agent, stealing car from dealership

An Ann Arbor teenager was arrested for crashing a stolen car in Toledo - after allegedly posing as an FBI agent

Police say the 17-year-old posed as an agent and commandeered the car Wednesday during a test drive at the Cueter Chrysler Dealership  in Ypsilanti.

He later crashed the car in Toledo. He was uninjured but is facing charges in both states.

"During my career, I have heard about cars getting stolen," said Bill Anderson, the New Car sales manager. "I've heard about these situations happening. But I have never experienced anything quite like it..

"He was very organized very professional. He did not look like a 17-year-old at all. He had a satchel and a gun, that we later found out was fake."

Anderson only dealt with the cunning con man for a short time. He spent most of his time with another sales man at the shop, who out of courtesy picked him up in the 2015 black Charger that he was supposedly interested in buying.

"The suspect called another dealership claiming he was transferring from Washington DC to the Ann Arbor area," Anderson said. "And that he was going to be needing a vehicle."

Once back at the dealership, those dealing with him started to see red flags, while getting the necessary paperwork for a test drive.

"He couldn't produce an ID," Anderson said. "No credentials which struck as as funny because an FBI agent carrying a gun would typically have a badge out."

At some point during the interaction the sales person walked about from his desk. But the suspect had apparently swiped the keys. Within seconds he and the Charger were gone.

"He definitely did his research," Anderson said. "What he was going to say  what he was going to do I'm not sure if he had been to a dealership before but he saw  the opportunity and jumped on it."

The suspect eventually crashed the Charger in Toledo where the police impersonation continued. While the cost of the damage to the Charger hasn't been completely tallied, yet the passenger side is scraped and dented, the wheel rim bent, tire flat and air bags deflated.

"He was still trying to portray an agent," he told police he was buying the car. "He had the dealer plate under the seat. he was a calculated young man."

The 17-year-old who will now face charges in Ohio then he brought back to Michigan to face even more after a wild ride that began with an even wilder imagination. Luckily no one was hurt.

"I hope the young man gets the help he needs," Anderson said. "You don't want to see someone this young go to jail, but he was so calculated. I hope justice is served."
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