Man charged after college student says he scammed her out of thousands

Kylie Brooks was shocked to learn the car she bought in e-commerce had been reported stolen. (Photo: WTHR)
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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — A college student says she thought she was taking all the right precautions when she bought a used car from a stranger.

Then police showed up at her front door.

"I'm angry, I'm very angry," Kylie Brooks said. "I'm upset, I'm crying. I'm frustrated. I'm exhausted."

And relief doesn't seem to in sight anytime soon for the 20-year-old.

"I basically work every chance," said Brooks, a college student.

She said she's out over $6,000 after buying a car from a man through Facebook Marketplace last month.

"For two weeks, we were trying to find a car and I finally found one and I was really excited about it," Brooks said.

Taking her parents and uncle with her, she met the seller at the Avon Meijer. Brooks test drove the car and checked the VIN and the title. Nothing seemed amiss, so she handed over cash to the seller.

"(The seller) called me, maybe two days later, to ask me if everything was going good with the car," said Brooks.

It was good.

Good, that is, until a few days after that. A police detective had been looking for her car.

"He was like 'I have bad news. It's about this car in the driveway,'" she remembered the officer saying.

Brooks said the detective told her the car she just bought was stolen.

According to a police report, a resident of a Beech Grove assisted-living facility told investigators her friend's son offered to help her get the car insured.

The woman told police Jon Albertson had asked her for the car's signed title.

According to that same police report, the woman told police she never agreed to sell the car and never got any money for it. Albertson didn't return the car and wouldn't answer her calls or texts.

According to court documents, Albertson has been charged with auto theft.

"It just sucks. I trusted him," Brooks said.

Now, she doesn't have a car or $6,000 — money the respiratory therapy student said she didn't have to throw away.

"To me, that's a lot," Brooks said. "To a lot of people that a lot of money."