CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – Canfield auto dealer Joseph Reinthaler of Reinthaler Auto Village faces felony charges after police say he too in used vehicles in trade but refused to provide titles or pay off loans.
The Canfield Police Department first received a complaint from a customer of Reinthaler Auto Village in January and another in March. The complaints said Reinthaler was not providing the titles for the vehicles purchased from the dealership.
Sergeant Chris Ruiz of the Canfield Police Department said the case took another turn in August when a bank contacted police.
“Officers investigated and determined that the dealership had failed to produce titles in a proper manner, in a proper time frame and, subsequently, we also investigated and found out that some documents were forged in order to obtain a fraudulent title,” Ruiz said.
Ruiz said that, in one case, a customer bought a vehicle at Reinthaler’s in 2012. The customers told police they traded in their vehicle and were told the dealership paid the loan off. They later learned the loan was not paid.
“The loan is now late. It’s not only impacting the bank, but it’s impacting that individual, their credit maybe, some point and time in the future,” Ruiz said.
Canfield police are working with the BMV and the State Highway Patrol during the investigation. Police will continue to monitor the situation at the dealership.
Sergeant Ruiz has advice for those trading vehicles for new ones.
“We would recommend to the public when they’re purchasing a car to make sure they do take the time to read through all of the documents that they’re signing so that they are aware of what, specifically, they’re signing away,” Ruiz said.
Contact local police departments or the Bureau of Motor Vehicles with concerns.