Smithtown man may have scammed others
Police say Emmanuel Amaral, 42, collected $2,000 cash and a check for $2,800 for the purchase of a 2006 Ford Van, police say. However, he never delivered the vehicle.
Amaral claims he sells vehicles and operates out of Ronkonkoma-based Jake’s Towing and Recovery, located at 4 Yerk Ave. He has been charged numerous times for similar incidents in the recent past, police say.
Amaral was arrested at his house on Mill Dam Road at 9 a.m. Wednesday. He was charged with Grand Larceny 3rd Degree. He will be held overnight at the Fourth Precinct, and is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on February 16.
Fourth Squad detectives believe there maybe more incidents involving Amaral that have gone unreported. Detectives are asking anyone with information about this incident to contact the Fourth Squad at 631-854-8452 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will remain confidential.
The investigation is continuing.