Busted! – Would-be Thief Tries to Pose as a Repo Man


EVERETT, WA – January 26, 2011 – Late on a single car payment, Miguel Galicia didn’t expect to see the repo man yet. But, when his wife saw someone rummaging around in his car, he considered it a possibility and went outside to investigate.

“I came to repossess your car, because you are late in some payments.” The man said to Galicia.” Then, he said something to the effect of ‘Why don’t you hand me the keys?’” While Galicia was late on a car payment, something made him question the man.

Galicia replied “I don’t think this is legit. Do you have any ID?”

“No” the man answered.

According to Amanda How, the victim’s wife, “He looked at his phone and he looked over there in the bushes like a tow truck was going to come and get Miguel’s car.” But it was when Galicia smelled alcohol on Strickland, he called 911.

At that point he vanished according to Galicia. But Galicia didn’t let it go at that and gave chase, caught up to the Strickland and held him down.

Police say the only items the would-be thief and wanna be repo man got away with was a pack of gum, two receipts and a bottle of cologne which were found in the street at the scene of the arrest.

The same man, James Strickland, appeared in a Snohomish County courtroom on Wednesday, sporting a copious number of tattoos and charged with criminal misconduct and disorderly conduct.

Galicia believes Strickland obtained Galicia’s identity necessary for pulling off the scheme from the registration in the glove box as he was rummaging through his Tahoe on the street.

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