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Police warning of Maplewood mechanic scam

Police said he is approaching people on retail store parking lots saying he can fix their cars, but police believe he might be the one causing the problems.
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MAPLEWOOD, Mo. — Police in Maplewood are warning residents after multiple reports of a man trying to scam people out of money in retail store parking lots.

According to the warning, the man would approach people on the parking lot claiming their car had a loose or wobbling wheel and claiming he can fix it in exchange for cash.

Police said they think the man actually causes the problem with the vehicle before talking with the drivers. In the reported cases, police said he charged somewhere between $50 and $300.

Police said he's been seen driving a Mercedes Benz S550 with a temporary Missouri license plate. He's often seen riding around with a woman in the car.

Anyone who is approached by the man is asked to refuse his offer and call Maplewood police at 314-645-3000 or dial 911. If you have information about him, you can also call Maplewood police.

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