California Highway Patrol investigators say they’re closing in on the person they believe is scamming motorists in need.
“It’s scary. You never know what can happen,” said Hector Morante.
These days, Morante has a lot of concern for himself and the customers headed to the Stockton restaurant where he cooks – concern about a threat out on the roads.
Investigators with the California Highway Patrol aren’t yet talking about exactly how they identified a suspect offering fake aid to drivers.
But, they have revealed the amount of money the supposed CHP mechanic scammed from those in need of a tow is now up to $280.
Again, CHP officers want to remind you that if you break down on some parts of Highway 99 and Interstate 5 in Stockton, the real Freeway Services Patrol will never charge you a dime.
Mike’s Towing of Stockton has a contract with the CHP to act as the patrol and company trucks in service will have clearly marked logos.
Real CHP mechanics only service law enforcement vehicles and will never hit the highway to hit you up for cash when you’re in need of rescue.
The “poser” would approach in a compact car, offer help, take cash for the supposed parts needed, drive off and then never return.
With a search warrant served against their suspect and charges pending, investigators are still looking for anyone else who’s been duped in this driver’s nightmare to come forward.