Man Sold Stolen Car Through Craigslist, Then Stole it Back, Prosecutors Say

By Emily Morris on June 16, 2013 6:18pm | Updated on June 16, 2013 6:56pm

 Eddie Simmons, 22, sold a stolen Camry to a Portage Park man and stole it back the same week, police said.
Eddie Simmons, 22, sold a stolen Camry to a Portage Park man and stole it back the same week, police said.
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COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — An Evanston man who sold a stolen car through Craigslist decided he'd steal it right back, prosecutors said.

The man's alleged scheme was busted when he tried to sell the car again, this time to undercover cops, according to police documents.

Eddie Simmons, 22, who also goes by William Anderson, was charged with burglary; receiving, possessing or selling a stolen vehicle; and forging registration, according to police documents.

Last week, Simmons sold a Portage Park man a 2010 Toyota Camry through Craigslist, according to Assistant State's Attorney Bridget O'Brien and police documents.

Sometime between Wednesday night and Thursday morning, the car disappeared from the man's garage in the 5400 block of West Dakin Street, according to the documents.

Police caught Simmons as he tried to sell the same car to undercover officers on Friday in the 5000 block of North Cicero Avenue, according to the documents. He was arrested after the Portage Park buyer identified Simmons as the man who had sold him the Camry, the documents allege.

After being arrested, Simmons admitted to police that he returned to the victim's garage and stole the Camry back after entering through the unlocked garage door, the documents state. He had tracked the Camry using GPS enabled on the car, O'Brien said.

Police found Simmons with a Pennsylvania title for a 2010 Toyota Camry and determined the car was stolen, according to the documents.

Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr. ordered Simmons, of the 2000 block of Dewey Avenue in Evanston, held in lieu of $100,000 bail.

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