North Huntingdon police call off search for man accused of using fake ID to buy $100,000 Jeep

October 13, 2018

North Huntingdon police called off a search Monday night for a man they say was fraudulently attempting to buy a $100,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee Track Hawk at the Jim Shorkey Chrysler Jeep dealership along Route 30.

The suspect, described as a white male, about 5-feet-5-inches tall and wearing a black T-shirt and blue jeans, ran into the woods across from the dealership to flee from police.

Police were searching around 6 p.m. in the Colonial Manor Road area of the township. North Huntingdon police were being assisted by units from Penn Township and North Versailles and police canines. A perimeter was set up, but they were unable to locate the man.

Sean Rattigan, general manager of Jim Shorkey Chrysler Jeep, told Tribune-Review news partner WPXI-TV that the man’s credit check tripped a red flag at the dealership, as well as the identification he presented to the dealership Monday afternoon.

The prospective buyer told the dealership he would finance the entire amount, without putting any money as a downpayment, Rattigans said.

Police were notified and the man fled under the pretense of going outside to make a phone call, Rattigan said.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call North Huntingdon police at 724-863-8800.

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