November 20, 2013: 26 year old Antoine Reaves is now facing Theft by Deception, Insurance Fraud, and False Reports charges.
Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit (IFU) began to investigate Antoine Reaves after receiving a referral from the Philadelphia Police Department Major Crimes Unit. The Major Crimes Unit had learned that Reaves allegedly reported his Chevrolet Trailblazer stolen three days after he sold it to a junk yard.
On July 22, 2013, Reaves reported to both the police and State Farm Insurance that his 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer had been stolen from the 6200 block of Cardiff Street in Philadelphia. Reaves told State Farm that he had parked the car on July 18 or 19 and found it missing upon his return. Reaves reported the theft to the police and indicated that the car was valued at about nine thousand dollars.
Detectives interviewed the owner of the D and J junk yard who confirmed that he had purchased the Trailblazer from Reaves for $375.00 on July 17, 2013. The owner stated that Reaves’ license matched his registration and he produced the original tow slip of the transaction. The vehicle was crushed the same day it was sold.
Detectives determined that Antoine Reaves allegedly sold his car and then reported it stolen four days later. Reaves was arrested for Theft by Deception, Insurance Fraud and False Reports on November 13, 2013. He is next scheduled to appear in Philadelphia Municipal Court for a status listing on November 25, 2013.
ADA Debra Naish and Detective Gilbert Brook of the IFU are specially assigned to this case.