Posted on July 6, 2011 at 4:11 PM
Friday, Jul 15 at 9:49 PM
St. Charles (KMOV) – After a police chase in Lake Charles, Louisiana, police have finally caught the "Bentley Bandit."
It took help from the National Guard's air support, the U.S. Marshals Violent Offender Task Force and local prison blood hounds to catch him. A Louisiana State trooper is credited with taking him down after a five hour pursuit.
Vic Austin, a St. Charles Mercedes Benz dealer, admitted that the 22-year-old completely conned him out of a high-end Mercedes and took off to Florida.
The accused thief, whose name is Justin Durbin, was able to take a Mercedes from St. Charles for a joyride that racked up 1,500 miles all the way to Florida before ditching it for a Bentley.
The “Bandit” supposedly spent an hour swindling Austin until he was able to convince him to let him test drive the car. He even left copies of his license and insurance card with the dealer. However, after being handed the keys to a red, $47,000 SUV, he took off and did not came back.
Austin described the thief to News 4 as like able, believable, and knowledgeable. Police say that he is an expert “swindler.”
According to police, he has been stealing cars across several states and then ditching them. They believe the stunt began in North Carolina, but then continued the act in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, and Florida. Each time he has left the car behind before taking another one.
In order to prevent himself from getting caught, the “Bandit” steals valid license plates to put on the car.
News 4 will have much more on News 4 at 10.