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Call from Clearwater bank teller leads to arrest of Aviation International Air Supply owner

CLEARWATER — The man accused by police of leading a worldwide aircraft parts scam was arrested Thursday at a Palm Harbor bank after a teller recognized his face from a story in the St. Petersburg Times, police said.

Todd Christopher Naylor, 33, was attempting to cash a $30,000 check at the SunTrust Bank at 33075 U.S. 19 N when the teller called police, said Clearwater police spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts.

Watts said Naylor's check came from a Tennessee buyer who filed a police complaint accusing Naylor of theft. A story in the Times on Thursday morning reported that buyers had told police Naylor advertised refurbished plane and helicopter parts online, asked for the money up front to assist in repairs, then never shipped the equipment.

Naylor was charged with grand theft and scheme to defraud, which will be added to six counts of grand theft, seven counts of aggravated assault and a count of scheme to defraud filed against him last year.

Arrested in July after police said he fired a shotgun at motorists during a road rampage through Oldsmar, he was charged the next day with grand theft after buyers from Florida, Texas, the United Kingdom and South Africa complained to police of an aircraft parts scam.

He posted bail and was released from jail in September. Within a month, he reinstated his business, Aviation International Air Supply, using a nonexistent Clearwater address.

Buyers from Utah and Tennessee complained to police soon after. Naylor was awaiting a pretrial hearing planned for February.

Naylor's attorney, Roger Futerman, had not heard of Thursday's arrest when contacted and would not comment on the new charges.

Drew Harwell can be reached at dharwell@sptimes.com or (727) 445-4170.

Call from Clearwater bank teller leads to arrest of Aviation International Air Supply owner 01/28/10 [Last modified: Thursday, January 28, 2010 7:55pm]
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