Hunt For Austin Craigslist Swindler Continues

AUSTIN, TX — Police on Tuesday released more surveillance camera images of a theft suspect who’s cashed several cashier’s checks intended as deposits on an RV he placed for sale on Craigslist without delivering the vehicle to prospective buyers.

The Austin Police Department is still looking for the alleged swindler, having issued a previous press advisory on Jan. 10. "APD is still seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a theft suspect," police said in their new press advisory.

In new images released on Tuesday, the unidentified suspect is seen cashing three more cashier’s checks at a Speedy Cash store in Austin that were meant as earnest money to buy the phantom RV. The identify of the suspect is unknown, but he goes by the alias "Clayton" in his Craigslist dealings, according to police.

Once caught, "Clayton" will face charges of theft — a state jail felony.

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In the original police advisory earlier this month, police said a victim contacted "Clayton" after seeing his ad for an RV. She contacted him, made arrangements to purchase the vehicle, and mailed him a cashier’s check as a deposit.

The suspect cashed the woman’s check at a local bank in Austin, police said, but failed to deliver the RV. He essentially ghosted the woman who never heard back from him after he cut off contact.

"Clayton"

In light of the scam, police took the opportunity to issue consumer tips to prevent from being defrauded:

Research the seller as much as possible.Be aware when asked to mail a cashier’s check – this is a red flag for a possible scam.Arrange to meet in person, if possible, in a public place and take a friend with you.
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.If something doesn’t seem right, trust your instincts.

Anyone with information is asked to call Region 1 Property Detectives at 512-974-5320. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.

Below are the original surveillance camera images police released earlier in January. The latest images are above on the slide show.

>>> All images provided by Austin Police Department

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