Mechanic who victimized car enthusiasts in Grants Pass is waiting extradition from Arizona
An experienced auto-body mechanic who fraudulently stole money and cars from multiple Grants Pass residents was jailed Tuesday morning in Flagstaff, Arizona, and he is awaiting extradition to Josephine County.
The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety says in a release that 60-year-old Michael C. Hardy would attend classic car shows and other similar venues and he would promise victims he would restore their vehicles or custom build them vehicles from scratch. He would take cash up front and then would demand additional cash from the victims while he either sold or parted out the victimís vehicle.
Hardy fled Grants Pass in 2013 and authorities believe he has been perpetrating these crimes in other locations.
Charges pending against Hardy in Josephine County Circuit Court include three counts of first-degree aggravated theft, 19 counts of first-degree theft and one count of second-degree theft.
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