Cheektowaga Police arrested a Buffalo man Friday April 19 for leading his victims on a wild goose chase and defrauding them out of money in the meantime.
The first case happened Friday April 12th at the Tops Market, 3865 Union Rd, Cheektowaga. A 30-year-old man was leaving the store when Brian Davis, 51, of Bailey Avenue approached him and said that he was having car trouble. He requested a jump from the man and the man agreed to help Davis.
Davis immediately jumped into the victim’s car and asked to be driven to his disabled vehicle. Once out on Union Road, Davis kept changing the location of where his vehicle was supposedly disabled and then asked the victim for money to repair his car.
Eventually the victim drove Davis throughout several parts of the town and eventually gave Davis $20 when he realized Davis was not getting out of the car. The victim watched Davis for a while and found that Davis never had a car in the first place.
On Friday April 19th, Davis found another unsuspecting victim at the Wal-Mart, Thruway Plaza. Again the victim, a 26-year-old man, agreed to jump Davis’ disabled car. Davis again got into the car and refused to get out, taking the victim to several locations before the victim handed over $3 for gas money. Davis would not get out so the victim eventually handed over 50 cents in change and dropped Davis off back at Wal-Mart.
Cheektowaga Police Officer Jacob Wodowski found Davis in a Tops grocery store at the Thruway Plaza and took him into custody. Brian Davis was charged with two counts of scheme to defraud in the 2nd degree, an A misdemeanor.
Davis is well known to the Cheektowaga Police and other police departments in the area. He has been pulling the same scam for many years and was recently arrested by Buffalo Police for a similar incident that occurred on April 9 this year, where the victim lost $540.
Cheektowaga Police are warning the public about this type of scam and to refrain from allowing strangers in their vehicles.