Conmen Wanted in Leaking Brake Line Scam

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Updated: Thu, 16 Jan 2014 10:09:46 EST

Byron Police are warning people not to fall victim to a couple of men who have been conning travelers and elderly people into believing they needed car repairs.

The men, both white and believe to be in their late twenties to early thirties, have been traveling in an older model red pickup truck with a hood that is either painted a faded black or primer gray.

The men have stopped behind cars and sprayed brake fluid behind the back tire. They then tell the driver that he has a brake line leak and it's dangerous to drive the car.

The men have claimed to be mechanics at Jeff Smith Ford and Chevrolet in Byron, with one man going so far as to presenting a fake ID for the car dealer.

They charge between $50 and $100 to temporarily fix the line. The driver later finds he has no leak.

Byron Det. Melanie Bickford asks that anyone with information about these men call her at 478-956-2493.

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