ARIZONA NEWS

Phoenix car salesman arrested for alleged theft against employers and customers

Apr 6, 2022, 4:35 AM
(Pixabay Photo)...
(Pixabay Photo)
(Pixabay Photo)

PHOENIX — A man was arrested for allegedly committing numerous thefts against Phoenix-based car dealerships he worked at and their customers, authorities said.

Eduardo Rodriguez is charged with fraud schemes, theft and forgery after selling dealership cars to customers and keeping the payments, the Arizona Department of Transportation said in a press release on Tuesday.

Rodriguez would also sell the same car to more than one customer, as well as sell bogus warranty policies.

The dealerships discovered the thefts and contacted ADOT’s Office of Inspector General, which discovered the man in one instance had purchased a vehicle from a dealer he worked for and financed it before selling the vehicle privately to an unsuspecting victim.

Rodriguez’s former employer was required to buy the car back after he defaulted on the loan, authorities said.

Detectives with the agency also discovered Rodriguez’s other alleged thefts, according to the release.

ADOT advises people to take the time to ask questions and do research when buying a used vehicle privately or through a dealer, adding its best to walk away if the seller is acting suspiciously, being evasive or uncooperative.

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

The Colorado River winds its way along the West Rim of the Grand Canyon in the Hualapai Indian Rese...
Associated Press

Grand Canyon starting water limitations after pumphouse outage

Grand Canyon National Park is starting water conservation measures on the North Rim due to an electrical failure involving the Roaring Springs pumphouse.
18 hours ago
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)...
Danny Shapiro

National Guard sets up barricade around Arizona Capitol following abortion ruling protests

The Arizona National Guard has set up razor-wire fencing around the Capitol complex in downtown Phoenix following protests over the weekend in response to the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the constitutional right to abortions.
18 hours ago
Traffic stops as thousands of protesters march around the Arizona Capitol after the Supreme Court o...
Associated Press

Groups want court to block Arizona ‘personhood’ law in wake of Roe ruling

An emergency motion was filed seeking to block a 2021 Arizona “personhood” law that abortion rights supporters fear will be used to halt all abortions.
18 hours ago
(KTAR News Photo/Jeremy Schnell)...
Kevin Stone

Sinkhole almost swallows car after pipe breaks on Phoenix street

A motorist escaped uninjured after driving into a sinkhole that opened up after a pipe broke under a Phoenix street Sunday night.
18 hours ago
From left, Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers (Getty Images Photo) and House Minority Leader Regina...
Kevin Stone

Arizona party leaders laud state budget as bipartisan achievement

The Republican and Democratic leaders of the Arizona House both came out of budget negotiations with good things to say about the agreement.
18 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/Phoenix Fire Department)...
KTAR.com

Crews take on 4 fires in 2 hours as storms move across Phoenix

Phoenix firefighters responded to a flurry of fires over a two-hour span Sunday as thunderstorms moved across the Valley.
18 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

(Courtesy Condor)...
Condor Airlines

Condor Airlines shows passion for destinations from Sky Harbor with new-look aircraft

Condor Airlines brings passion to each flight and connects people to their dream destinations throughout the world.
...
Carla Berg, MHS, Deputy Director, Public Health Services, Arizona Department of Health Services

Update your child’s vaccines before kindergarten

So, your little one starts kindergarten soon. How exciting! You still have a few months before the school year starts, so now’s the time to make sure students-to-be have the vaccines needed to stay safe as they head into a new chapter of life.
...
Day & Night Air

Tips to lower your energy bill in the Arizona heat

Does your summer electric bill make you groan? Are you looking for effective ways to reduce your bill?
Phoenix car salesman arrested for alleged theft against employers and customers