Constable Tom Selman has arrested a Lufkin man accused of selling a motorcycle for $2,000 on eBay but never gave up the bike.
Donny Glenn Raymond Jr., is charged with state-jail felony theft.
According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Selman received a citation from Grayson County on Oct. 10, to be served to Raymond. Selman said he reviewed it and determined Raymond may have been committed fraud over the Internet.
Selman contacted the plaintiff, Mitchell R. Lousch of Van Alstyne, who provided documentation of a 2005 Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle that was listed on eBay by Raymond. Lousch said they made a deal on the motorcycle and he sent Raymond two checks for $1,000 each.
Bank records show Raymond cashed the checks, according to the affidavit. Lousch said he told Raymond he would pick up the motorcycle within 10 days and pay the balance then.
Several days later, Raymond told Lousch he had sold the motorcycle to someone else and that he would return Lousch's $2,000. Lousch said communication stopped after that time and Raymond never returned the money. Lousch filed a civil case because he determined his local law enforcement would not show any interest in helping him in the case, according to the affidavit.
Selman then discussed the case with Raymond and said Raymond became agitated, according to the affidavit.
Following a further investigation into the title of the motorcycle, Selman obtained a warrant for Raymond's arrest on Jan. 31. He arrested Raymond on Monday.
Raymond has since posted a $2,000 bail.
"I did nothing wrong, I offered the deposit back, but it wasn't fast enough for them," Raymond said in an interview Tuesday afternoon.
Selman said he gave Raymond a chance to repay Lousch.
"He sent me another letter saying that if I don't have it in five or seven days from receiving this letter, I am going to file on you," Raymond said about Lousch. "Again, we had an agreement. I was just waiting for my income tax to come in."
But Selman says four months is more than enough time.
"No, I don't think he ever intended to pay it back," Selman said.
Lousch said Raymond told him he needed the deposit to help pay for a funeral, a claim Raymond doesn't stand by.
Either way, Selman says there is no excuse.
"You can't say you didn't have ample opportunity to head this off," Selman said.
eBay expert Cy Stapleton at Screen Geeks in Lufkin first got involved with eBay when it first started in the 1990s. He also teaches eBay classes at Angelina College.
He said there are several ways to protect yourself when buying products off of eBay, but there is only one really good way to make sure you and your money are protected.
"By far the best protection a person can have when buying and selling on eBay is regardless of what the sellers terms are, pay by Paypal," Stapleton said.
Stapleton says that by paying with Paypal, you can almost guarentee yourself any money back that you might get frauded out of.
Stapleton also adds that sometime in person cash transactions work best with vehicle buys.
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