WESTPORT — A Westport man faces charges of larceny and misleading police in connection with an unlicensed vehicle repair service he was running out of his Sanford Road residence, police said.

According to a report from Sgt. Christopher Dunn, on Sept. 7, an active Navy service member who said he was the victim of a stolen motor vehicle, met with police at the Westport Police Substation, 596 State Road. He told police that he had brought his truck, a red Dodge Dakota, to Cory Medeiros, 28, for repair, after contacting Medeiros through Facebook. Police allege that Medeiros used Facebook to solicit customers while operating his unlicensed business out of his home at 10 Sanford Road.

The victim said the truck needed several repairs for which he paid Medeiros in advance. A few weeks later, Medeiros contacted him, asking for additional money for the work, according to police, who also noted that in total, the victim gave Medeiros more than $300 for parts and labor.

After a short while, the victim reached out to Medeiros to inquire about the status of the truck. At that time, Medeiros told the victim that a male in a white tow truck had arrived at his residence to retrieve the vehicle on his behalf and Medeiros let him take it, police said.

Westport Detective Jeff Majewski subsequently contacted Medeiros about the stolen truck. Medeiros repeated the story he'd told the victim and also said he had finished all the work on the truck. He added that the tow truck operator had provided him with the owner’s name which is why he gave him the keys, the release said.

At that point, police listed the truck as stolen since the owner hadn't authorized anyone to pick it up.

Using surveillance video from the area, Majewski saw evidence of a white tow truck towing a red pickup. A tip then led Majewski to the tow company which had removed the truck from Medeiros’ property, the release said.

Majewski spoke with the owner of the tow company, whom he said was completely cooperative, and discovered they too had fallen victim to Medeiros. The tow company owner said he had seen the truck for sale on Facebook and contacted Medeiros who sold them the truck as a parts vehicle for $300, police said.

Majewski also spoke with the tow truck operator who said after arriving at Medeiros’ residence on Sept. 5, Medeiros drove the pickup off the property and to the tow truck, then provided him  with the keys to the pickup.

The owner of the tow company then showed Majewski the red Dodge Dakota which was in the tow yard. The truck was towed to a secure facility where the rightful owner was able to retrieve the vehicle, police said.

On Sept. 24, after completing his investigation, Majewski went to speak with Medeiros again at his residence. Police said that during this conversation, Medeiros confessed to having sold the stolen vehicle after scamming the owner out of money he was paid to fix the vehicle. Police further learned that Medeiros had never completed any of the repairs on the vehicle. Subsequently, he was arrested for larceny of a motor vehicle, larceny under $1,200 by false pretense (2 Counts) and misleading a police investigation, police said.

Westport Police said they are seeking any additional victims who may have contacted Medeiros through his unlicensed repair business. They warned that paid-for repairs may not have been completed and vehicles may not be mechanically sound. For more information, contact Westport Police at 508-636-1122.