Police are asking for the public's help in locating a 31-year-old Lincoln woman, Heather Turner, and a 29-year-old Georgetown man, Ryan L. Neyhart, who allegedly scammed a woman out of money during a bogus car deal.
Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a 31-year-old Lincoln woman and a 29-year-old Georgetown man who allegedly scammed a woman out of money during a bogus car deal on Tuesday.
The alleged scam began when Heather Turner and Ryan L. Neyhart called a 25-year-old woman, who was interested in purchasing an Acura Integra, said Delaware State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier.
Turner and Neyhart then picked up the woman at her residence and drove to the 18000 block of Redden Road in Georgetown, where the car was located. A $1,500 cash exchange took place, Fournier said.
Neyhart entered the residence and returned shortly, making statements about needing to get tag and title work completed before the vehicle could be taken. Turner and Neyhart then drove the 25-year-old woman to Fitzgerald’s Salvage near Lincoln, where they dropped her off and told her someone would come with the keys and title. But no one showed up, Fournier said.
A police investigation revealed the suspects were driving Neyhart’s father’s blue 2002 GMC Sonoma pickup truck, with Delaware registration CL98373, when the transaction occurred, even though the father had only given permission to use the vehicle to travel to court, Fournier said.
Fournier said neither of the suspects have returned with the truck and they also have the 56-year-old truck owner’s cell phone.
Warrants have been obtained for Turner and Neyhart on charges of theft greater than $1,500, second-degree conspiracy, theft under $1,500 and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Both suspects are also wanted out of Sussex County Superior Court for violation of probation.
Fournier said the two may be traveling to Virginia or Pennsylvania.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Turner or Neyhart is asked to call Cpl. R. Hargis at (302) 337-1090 ext. 312, Delaware Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333, submit a tip online at tipsubmit.com, send a tip by text to 274637 starting with the keyword “DSP,” or by using the Delaware State Police Mobile Crime Tip Application available at Delaware.gov/apps.