Online dating ends with stolen car, arrest

October 5, 2018

What should have been a pleasant experience in meeting someone new resulted in an alleged victim having her new car stolen along with cash, a cell phone and a wallet containing personal papers.

The woman told deputies with the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office that she had met Matthew Albert Carpenter through an online dating service and had been dating him for about a month. She said had invited Carpenter to her home and he stole her new car along with cash and other items and fled.

The daughter of the woman devised a fake profile on the same dating web site and had started talking to Carpenter. She told him she wanted to meet him in person at a motel in the city of Dayton at 9 p.m. that evening and Carpenter agreed.

Dayton police officers worked with the woman’s daughter to arrange a setup for Carpenter. When he showed up for the meeting it was directly into police custody. Law enforcement officials said Carpenter arrived in the victims stolen car which was returned to her that evening.

Carpenter, whose last known address was in California, was arrested and booked into the Liberty County jail on a State Jail Felony charge of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle.

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