Police arrested a California man for selling a stolen 1964 Corvette to an unsuspecting buyer in Santa Cruz, California this week. The craigslist scam unraveled as police were called to the Capitola DMV after officials there said the buyer was attempting to register a 1964 Corvette Sting Ray that had previously been reported stolen.
California Highway Patrol officers investigating the stolen car said the buyer bought the car on Craigslist for $25,000. The seller was later identified at Jesse Chmelicek of Watsonville, CA who was arrested this past Sunday.
While executing a search warrant of Chmelicek’s house, they found other stolen property including a trailer and a tractor. He was booked on charges including auto theft, possession of stolen vehicles, grand theft, burglary, forgery and possession of methamphetamine.
“The investigation is ongoing and we’re continuing to uncover more, but I can tell you that we also found evidence that linked him to several home burglaries in Capitola and La Selva,” said Sgt. Grant Boles of the CHP.
Sgt. Grant Boles said the Corvette was returned to its original owner. But bad news for the craigslist buyer as he is out $25,000.