Phone App Car Thief Suspect in Custody

IN CUSTODY
IN CUSTODY

The Shelton Police Department have arrested the man wanted in connection to vehicle thefts where the perpetrator used the phone app “OfferUp” to contact his victims. According to a news release, the suspect, identified in this case as 30 year old Dai P. Nguyen, was taken into custody without incident early Sunday morning September 25, 2016.

A tip alerted officials that Nguyen was in a casino near Shelton. Shelton Police, working in partnership with tribal officers,  arrested Nguyen and booked him into the Mason County Jail on charges of two counts of vehicle theft.

Assistance in identifying, locating and subsequently arresting Nguyen would not have been possible without the cooperation of “Offer Up”, Mason Transit Authority, local law enforcement partners and information provided by our community.

Earlier this month, Shelton Police received two stolen vehicle reports from victims who stated they were meeting with an unknown person to sell their car after using the phone app “OFFER UP”.  Both victims met the suspect at the Safeway located in Downtown Shelton.  The victims gave the suspect their keys so he could test drive the car, but the vehicle was never returned and no payment was ever made.

One vehicle was a black 1998 Honda Civic (WA Plate: ATN6949), and the other was an orange 2004 Mazda Sedan (WA Plate: AZK6773).

Both victims described the suspect as being an Asian male, 5’05”, 200lbs, black hair (shaved on the side; longer on top pulled into a pony-tail).

Video surveillance from the Transit Community Center was used to identify the suspect. Both vehicles have since been recovered.

The Shelton Police Department reminds citizens that there is have a “SAFE PLACE” to meet with online buyers near the Department’s office, which is covered by surveillance cameras (525 W. Cota Street; Gravel Lot on the EAST side of the Civic Center).