Men charged with car repair scam in Westport
Published 11:10 am, Monday, November 8, 2010
Two men who allegedly offered to repair a woman's car in the Super Stop & Shop parking lot on Post Road East were charged with running an unlicensed repair shop, along with other charges, Thursday afternoon.
The men were arrested after a woman called police to report that two men approached her asking if she would like to have them repair her vehicle, which she said was running fine. Sensing that men were trying to orchestrate a scam, the woman called police.
Meanwhile the men left the supermarket parking lot, but caught soon after on Post Road just over the Fairfield town line.
Officers also discovered the vehicle that Steven Demetro was driving had license plates on it belonging to another vehicle. The vehicle was also unregistered.
Steven Demetro was also found in possession of a check that allegedly was stolen, police said, leading to additional charges.
The men allegedly admitted to officers that they have been doing body work repairs on cars and that they do not have a license for that work.
Steven Demetro was charged with sixth-degree larceny, attempt to commit an illegal operation and the illegal operation of an unlicensed repair shop, misuse of plates and operating an unregistered motor vehicle. His bond was set at $4,000 and he is scheduled to appear Nov. 15 in Norwalk Superior Court.
Shawn Demetro was charged with an attempt to commit an illegal operation and the illegal operation of an unlicensed repair shop. His bond was set at $1,500 bond and he is scheduled to appear Nov. 15 in Norwalk Superior Court.