Used car salesman accused of theft for car trade and then repossession

Posted at 3:16 PM, Jun 02, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-02 16:18:36-04

A 45-year-old McLennan County man has been arrested for theft in connection with the repossession and trading of two vehicles.

Raymond Lee Harbert Jr. faces a charge of theft of property over $20,000, but under $100,000 in the case.

Harbert Jr. is accused of taking payments for a vehicle purchased from a used car dealer on New Dallas Highway in Bellmead, and not applying the money to the loan, then repossessing the vehicle.

According to the arrest affidavit, he had also previously convinced the victim into taking the SUV in trade for another, more expensive vehicle that the buyer had already made over $5,000 in payments for.

Detectives say in the end, Harbert ended up with both vehicles by deception, and police got an arrest warrant for the theft charge. Harbert Jr. had been acting as an agent for the used car dealership, according to the affidavit.