PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Portland Police have charged a man with multiple counts of forgery and theft.
46-year-old Robert G. Steiner is accused of using an alias and convincing car dealerships to sell him cars with no money down. Steiner forged paperwork to complete the transactions and left the dealerships with the fraudulently obtained vehicles.
According to police, Steiner has stolen at least seven different vehicles from six different dealerships. The total value of stolen cars exceeds $250,000.
Portland Police began an investigation on Steiner when Berlin City Toyota on Riverside St. reported the theft of two vehicles on June 2. It was discovered they were deceived by a man using a false name and other information. A detective recalled investigating Steiner for similar crimes several years ago, and it was discovered he had recently been released from prison and was currently on probation.
A statewide alert was sent advising other law enforcement agencies of the scam, and police departments from Scarborough, South Portland, Yarmouth, Westbrook, and Saco reported dealerships being victimized.
Police say Steiner used several false names while committing these crimes, including Scott Allen, William Wheeler, and Adam Cohen.
Monday Portland Police Detectives charged with man with two counts of Class B Felony Theft and four counts of Class B Aggravated Forgery. Additional charges are expected.