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St. Pete man avoided friend for a year after pawning his $60,000 Jaguar, police say

His friend eventually hired a private investigator to try to find the car.
Hein C. Le, 46, was arrested Tuesday on charges of grand theft auto and title fraud, according to arrest reports.
Hein C. Le, 46, was arrested Tuesday on charges of grand theft auto and title fraud, according to arrest reports. [ Pinellas County Sheriff's Office ]
Published May 4, 2020
Updated May 5, 2020

A St. Petersburg man has been arrested on charges that he borrowed a $60,000 Jaguar from a longtime friend, then pawned the car and avoided his friend for a year.

Hein C. Le, 46, was arrested April 28 on charges of grand theft auto and title fraud, according to arrest reports.

The theft of the car occurred in November 2018. Le borrowed the car from a friend he had known for 20 years. Then he went to the DMV with a forged power of attorney document and obtained the title of the car, reports state.

With the title in hand, he went to a pawn shop in Tampa and pawned the car several times over the next few days, ultimately losing the car to the shop when he could no longer pay $30,000 to get it back, reports state.

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His friend tried for a year to reach Le and figure out what happened to his car, but Le avoided him. The friend eventually hired a private investigator to try to find the car, reports state.

Pinellas Park police investigated and made the arrest. Le was released from the Pinellas County jail on $7,000 bail.