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Woman says she's also a victim of man charged with auto theft

"I just don't understand how people can be so evil," said Theresa Johnson.
Two women say this car has been the subject of a recent fraud against them. (Photo: WTHR)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Two women say they were conned by the same man in deals involving a car.

Earlier this week, we told you about the college student who is out thousands of dollars after buying a car that was reported stolen.

Now the woman who owned the car is talking to Eyewitness News.

"I just don't understand how people can be so evil," said Theresa Johnson.

Crying, she says she trusted the wrong person.

"I trust people too much and I shouldn't and I learned my lesson," said Johnson.

It's a lesson she says cost her the 2014 Kia she bought last year.

Johnson says her neighbor's son offered to help get the car insured.

"He said he could get me a better deal," Johnson said.

That's not what happened.

According to court documents, the man Johnson says offered to help her is now charged with stealing the car.

According to a police report, Jon Paul Albertson got Johnson to sign the car's title over to him. He then sold it to a 20-year-old college student.

"He was not supposed to sell that car, whatsoever. Why would I want him to sell it?" said Johnson.

Police tracked the car down after Johnson called to say she thought it had been stolen.

"They told me it was already in somebody else's name," said Johnson.

That "somebody" was Kylie Brooks, 20, who could only watch as her brand new car was towed away.

"The girl that bought it, I feel sorry for her," said Johnson. "She's another victim."

Brooks spoke to Eyewitness News earlier this week and told us she's out over $6,000 she says paid Albertson.

Now, neither woman has the car. It's been impounded.

Johnson says she needs two things, a title in her name and money, to get her car out of impound. She has neither, and the storage fee grows with every passing day.

"It's up to 985 dollars," she said. "It's 40 dollars a day."

"I've got the registration and now I'm stuck with a bill for almost a thousand dollars and he caused it all," Johnson said through tears.

She's also upset that she was taken advantage of by someone she thought was a friend.

"He's just a con man," said Johnson.

Without a car and little trust left others, Johnson contemplates her situation.

"Sometimes I feel like I don't know what direction I'm going," she said.