Man faces 117 counts for fake towing, theft operation

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

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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.

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