Man faces 117 counts for fake towing, theft operation

Top Stories

He is accused of stealing more than 300 cars in a year

generic gavel 02092018_1518225054889.jpg.jpg

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A Portland man faces a 117-count indictment on the accusation that he stolen more than 300 cars and sold them as scrap metal.

Carlos Lopez-Torres, 51, allegedly used the name Carlos Towing LLC and a homemade tow truck to steal the cars from the Portland and Vancouver area, according to the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office.

Then he allegedly took the cars to a scrap yard and sold them for more than $86,000 between July 2018 and July 2019.

Court documents also say Lopez-Torres had text messages on his phone telling him where cars were parked. He paid a $70 “finder’s fee” to people who found parked cars for him to tow.

The DA’s office said Lopez-Torres was indicted on various charges related to theft, use and trafficking vehicles and 98 counts of making a false statement about a vehicles title or transfer.

Copyright 2019 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Top Headlines

More News

Trending Stories

Don't Miss

More Don't Miss

Twitter News Widget