There was trouble afoot in Van Alstyne, Texas, a tiny community northeast of Dallas I didn't even know existed until I read a report about how a man there got shafted when he tried to buy a motorcycle from an East Texas man.
Donnie Glenn Raymond, Jr. of Lufkin (where else?) was arrested for state-jail felony theft after he allegedly sold a motorcycle on eBay to Mitchell R. Lousch and pocketed the money without handing over the 2005 Kawasaki Ninja. According to the report, Lousch sent Raymond two checks for $1,000 each and said he would pick up the bike within 10 days and bring the rest of the money (similar bikes sell for between $2,000 and $6,000 on eBay based on a cursory search).
Raymond told Lousch he had sold the bike to someone else and would send him back his money, but he never did.
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Bank records indicated that Raymond did indeed cash the checks and Lousch, frustrated with what he considered a lack of help from local law enforcement, filed a civil suit. That's when a constable in Lufkin stepped in and approached Raymond, who apparently was none too happy about the visit. He was arrested Monday.
He posted $2,000 bail. I wonder where he got the cash.