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Posted: December 15, 2011

Fake mechanic bilks elderly women

By Veronica Waters

ATLANTA, Ga. None —

A Gwinnett County man is jailed on allegations that he was bilking victims out of hundreds of dollars apiece.

WSB's Richard Sangster reports the 45-year-old man is accused of conning elderly women into believing their cars were broken, and then demanding to fix it.

Suspect Joe Quick would pull up behind a victim, flash his lights and honk his horn--anything to get them to pull over. Once they did, Quick allegedly would tell them that he had spotted a wheel on their vehicle wobbling, and he would offer to repair it.

"He said, 'Did you know your tire's wobbling, and your wheel's about to fall off?'" says Linda Steel. "He said, 'Well pull over here and let me check it.' Well, like a fool, I did."

Steel says after Quick's fast talking, she really was afraid something was wrong with her car.

"I was scared to drive," she says.

Steel forked over $1,500--for nothing. And she's apparently not alone.

Four other women told Winder Police Quick tried to con them, too. One of them refused his help, but wrote down his tag number and called 911.

Channel 2 Action News reports that according to authorities, Quick is on probation for similar crimes in DeKalb County, and has a rap sheet in Florida, too.