On January 14 at approximately 11:55am, Lower Paxton Police were dispatched to the area of N. Lockwillow Avenue and the I-81 overpass in reference to an attempted theft.
The victim reported that he was attempting to sell a vehicle and had an ad posted on several internet websites. Samuel allegedly contacted the victim and showed an interest in purchasing the vehicle. The victim agreed to pick Samuel up in Harrisburg city and drive him to his residence in the 400 block of Marion Drive so Samuel could inspect the vehicle.
The victim reported that he and Samuel agreed on a purchase price of $700. Samuel handed the victim seven $100 bills and the victim, in turn, provided Samuel with the ignition key and the title. The victim stated that he examined the money and believed it was counterfeit. The victim confronted Samuel and he alleged that Samuel grabbed the money out of his hand and left on foot. The victim reported that Samuel was still in possession of the ignition key and the title.
Responding police units were able to locate Samuel and detain him. Samuel was found to be in possession of the ignition key and the title for the victim's vehicle. All of the victim's property was returned to him at his residence. The victim reported that he was able to locate the seven counterfeit bills stuffed in a pine tree on his property.
Samuel was subsequently arrested and charged with Forgery, Attempted Theft By Deception and Theft By Unlawful Taking. He was transported to the Dauphin County Judicial Center for processing and arraignment.