Po­lice: man seek­ing to buy a car, stole it and hit owner

The Herald (Rock Hill) - - Local & State - BY AN­DREW DYS [email protected]­al­don­line.com

A Fort Mill man who met a prospec­tive car buyer about sell­ing his ve­hi­cle was hit by the ve­hi­cle be­fore it was stolen, po­lice said.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened around 3:40 p.m. Thurs­day, in the park­ing lot of a busi­ness com­plex at Tom Hall Street and Dobys Bridge Road, said Maj. Bryan Zachary of the Fort Mill Po­lice Depart­ment.

The vic­tim had ar­ranged to meet the man about the pur­chase of a dark gray 2005 Acura. But at the lot, the sus­pect took the keys and started to drive away, Zachary said.

The vic­tim ran af­ter the car, and was hit by it be­fore the sus­pect drove away, po­lice said.

The vic­tim was in­jured, but did not re­quire a trip to a hospi­tal, Zachary said.

Po­lice said the sus­pect ar­rived at the park­ing lot in a 2000s model sil­ver Dodge Car­a­van mini­van. The van sped away at around the same time the sus­pect fled with the stolen car, Zachary said.

The theft re­mains un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Po­lice have not said if the part of the park­ing lot where the in­ci­dent took place has sur­veil­lance cam­eras.

Po­lice in sev­eral York County ju­ris­dic­tions have warned peo­ple about In­ter­net scams in re­cent weeks. Of­fi­cials in York County and Char­lotte have set up spe­cific on­line sales trans­ac­tions spots at area con­ve­nience stores that have sur­veil­lance cam­eras.

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