Darren Farnesi is a member of the Hillcrest Business Association.
Local automobile enthusiast and business owner Darren Farnesi thought he was buying the classic car of his dreams, but it turned into a nightmare when the seller sold him a stolen vehicle and absconded with the cash.
In a Facebook post, Farnesi said he bought a vintage Pierce Arrow on the morning of Sept. 1 from Michael Dan Carrol (pictured left) in Hemet, CA (he also has another address in Palm Desert, CA) who drives an older model white Chevy utility truck.
Farnesi says he filed a police report with Deputy Castellano at the Riverside County Sherrif's office. Authorities raided the suspects home but were unable to find him or the cash.
He says the car has since been returned to its original owners but that doesn't account for the large amount of cash that he's now out-of-pocket.
"Prior to buying the car," Farnesi writes in the post, "we checked with all of the law enforcement authorities and the DMV to be sure the car was free and clear and unfortunately we were victims of bad timing. The owner, although the car had been stolen a week ago, did not report it until September 3 — after we bought it.
He adds that the Pierce Arrow was something he has always wanted to own as an enthusiast, "this has been a super big blow emotionally for me."
Farnesi is currently looking for legal representation.
If you have any info on this case, please contact Deputy Castellano ID # 3704 or any deputy on duty at the Riverside County Sherrif’s Dept. at (951) 776-1099.
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