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Memphis police sign off on illegal tow resulting in stolen car

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Jeremy Reed was arrested for allegedly masterminding the elaborate plot. Jeremy Reed was arrested for allegedly masterminding the elaborate plot.
Memphis police accidentally allowed an imposter tow truck driver to tow a vehicle, only to find out later the man was not legit. Memphis police accidentally allowed an imposter tow truck driver to tow a vehicle, only to find out later the man was not legit.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC) - Memphis police accidentally allowed an imposter tow truck driver to tow a vehicle, only to find out later the man was not legit.

Jeremy Reed was arrested for allegedly masterminding an elaborate plot.

Police say he rented a tow truck, then falsely obtained clearance from police to tow a car from a home on Alice Drive in October 2012. A police affidavit shows Reed contacted their office claiming he worked for a towing company called Basse Towing Service. He said he had spotted a car wanted by police.

Investigators say Reed then used his police requisition number to sell the Toyota Camry to LKQ Scrap Yard for just $350.

This police affidavit says Jeremy Reed rented the tow truck from Don Paul Wrecker Service.

The owners of Basse Towing said Reed was a former employee fraudulently using the company name. LKQ Scrap Yard and Don Paul Wrecker Service had no comment.

Police say Reed turned himself in Friday and confessed to the scheme. Reed is due in court April 29 on two counts of impersonation and two counts of property theft.

Police say despite Reed's arrest, the car owner is still out of luck.

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