The reportedly stolen Mercedes. COURTESY PHOTO

The reportedly stolen Mercedes. COURTESY PHOTO

Auburn dealer wants its Mercedes back; man used bogus check to buy car, then drove off

  • Friday, April 13, 2018 10:02am
  • News

Ostap Vovk want his dealership’s Mercedes back.

Vovk, a manager-partner of Prestige Auto Market at 2536 Auburn Way N., Suite 101, reported to Auburn Police that a man entered his dealership two weeks ago, test drove a 2011 Mercedes S60 and then bought it with a bogus cashier’s check.

Before Vovk realized the check was a stinker, man and machine were long gone.

Vovk said he knows who the thief is, and wants police to nab him before he can hit yet another dealership.

“He has done this before and swindled at least two other dealers the exact same way,” Vovk claims.

The incident remains under investigation, according to Auburn Police Commander Mark Caillier. Police have a named suspect with some surveillance video.

“As far as I can tell, this is the only case that Auburn has involving the suspect,” Caillier said.

To ensure no other local dealers fall for the scheme, Vovk has offered an award to anyone who has information about the man and the car’s whereabouts.

The stolen Mercedes is gray, had a temporary window license plate reading A2183123 at the time of the theft, and a company logo filling the car’s rear license plate area.

Anyone with details should contact Auburn Police at 253-288-2121.

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