JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Jonesboro police say an unknown man managed to finagle a $7,500 ATV from a local dealership using the photo of a well-known 9/11 terrorist.
Hemant Patel of Jonesboro Cycle/ATV reported Monday that a man identifying himself as Emil Lipscomb of Olympia Fields, IL, contacted the store on April 29 asking to buy a 2012 Can-AM Outlander 1000 4-wheeler.
After numerous emails and phone calls, Patel said the man agreed to purchase the ATV for $7,500.
Lipscomb arranged for a U-Ship driver to pick up the vehicle and told Patel to give the driver the title and paperwork.
After completing the transaction, Patel said the credit card company contacted the dealership and said the purchase had been reported to them as a fraudulent transaction.
The credit card, according to the initial incident report, actually belonged to a man in Michigan.
Patel told Officer Scott Baker he never met Lipscomb in person.
According to the report, Lipscomb emailed Patel a copy of his Idaho driver's license.
Baker reported he recognized the picture as a "highly circulated photograph of Mohamed Atta, one of the September 11 hijackers."
The driver's license did not list a zip code for the address.
Baker asked dispatch to run the name and date of birth in Illinois, Idaho, and Arkansas. None of the states had a listing for Lipscomb.
Patel said he did not contact U-Ship to see where the 4-wheeler was delivered because he believed the driver was "in on the scam."
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