PLATTSBURGH — Two men were charged in April in connection with car theft and reporting a false incident.
Joshua J. Case, 31, of Chatham, N.Y., and Trevor L. Blair, 27, of Plattsburgh traded vehicles without exchanging money, Plattsburgh-based State Police said.
Case had led Blair to believe that his car was in better condition than it actually was, police said.
When Blair had Case’s former vehicle inspected and discovered it was in poor condition, he wanted his vehicle back and on April 3 he told State Police that Case had stolen his vehicle after he test-drove it, police said.
Police were able to secure text message records from the two men’s cellphones to determine what really happened, police said.
Case was arrested April 5 in the Town of Chesterfield and was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny of an automobile valued at more than $1,000, a felony.
He was arraigned in Plattsburgh Town Court and released on his own recognizance to reappear in court at a later date, police said.
Blair was arrested April 15 in the Town of Plattsburgh charged with making a false report of an incident that didn’t occur, a misdemeanor.
He was arraigned in Plattsburgh Town Court and was released on a court appearance ticket, police said.
Both their cases are still pending in court, police said.
— By Staff Writer Felicia Krieg