Beware of criminals trying to steal your car by using a phone app to get your keys.

In the past two days Shelton Police have taken two stolen vehicle reports from victims who stated they were meeting with an unknown person to sell their car after using the phone app “OFFER UP”.  Both victims met the suspect at the Safeway located in Downtown Shelton.  The victims gave the suspect their keys so he could test drive the car, but the vehicle was never returned and no payment was ever made.

One vehicle stolen was a black 1998 Honda Civic (WA Plate: ATN6949), and the second was an orange 2004 Mazda Sedan (WA Plate: AZK6773).

Both victims described the suspect as being an Asian male, 5’05”, 200lbs, black hair (shaved on the side; longer on top pulled into a pony-tail).

The Shelton Police Department reminds citizens that we have a “SAFE PLACE” to meet with online buyers here at our office, which is covered by surveillance cameras (525 W. Cota Street; Gravel Lot on the EAST side of the Civic Center).

Anyone with information regarding these crimes please contact the Shelton Police at 360-426-4441.  If you locate or see the listed stolen vehicles call 911, do not attempt contact with any suspects.