MANTECA (CBS13) — A disabled man hoping to sell a car to help put presents under the Christmas tree instead was the victim of a car theft, according to Manteca police.

Fernando Guttierez, 30, who is confined to a wheelchair after a roofing accident several years ago, listed a 1997 Honda Civic for sale on craigslist. A man and a woman responded to the advertisement on Tuesday, looked the car over and then asked to take it for a test drive. They never returned.

“We don’t have money to give presents for the kids or all the family,” Guttierez said.

The Manteca Police Department took a report of a stolen vehicle in the 1000 block of Ridgecrest at about 4 p.m.

“You feel like what are you going to do when somebody is trying to take advantage of you?” Guttierez told CBS13’s Andrea Menniti. “It feels like you can’t trust anybody.”

Guttierez’s sister-in-law Nancy Cabrera was helping him try to sell the car. “They said, ‘We’re just going to go around the block and well be back really fast,” she said.

After waiting about 20 minutes, the family realized they’d been duped.

“That’s a really bad thing to do to someone who is disabled, who can’t do anything about it,” Cabrera said. “Obviously, he’s not going to run after them, there’s nothing he can do.”

The two suspects are described as white adult male and black adult female, both in their late 20s to early 30s. The man has a large tattoo on the right side of his neck.

The car is a 1997 green Honda Civic two-door coupe with license No. 5ZBP547.

South County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspects and the return of the car. Callers can call (209) 823-4636 and remain anonymous.

“We could have bought presents for the whole family, especially the kids,” Cabrera said. “They’re the ones who really enjoy Christmas.”

Comments (9)
  1. Don Mcgovern says:

    HOPE you get caught real fast you deserve to be locked up and killed you better hope i do not find you first !

  2. This is supposed to be a time of Peace. says:

    Whoa there fella’s,

    I do believe the one guy was talking about the guy who stole the care from the dude in the wheelchair.

    So, just simmer down now. I think that we are all on the same side here.

    Merry Christmas

  3. Elliott the Cat says:

    Talking lip online ? Feel tough ?

    Wow i bet you fools flip the bird in traffic and kick your dog but have never been punched in the mouth , have ya ?

  4. Selmers says:

    LOL! Little boys and their keyboards.

  5. farrt says:

    As important as as the “oline toughguys” conversation might be, this is yet ANOTHER crime originating from CRAIGSLIST. This place is a cesspool. When will people realize that? How long before things get done about it?

  6. Ginna says:

    I can’t be the only one who saw the initial story and wondered out loud “What sort of idiot just hands their car keys to strangers for a test drive?”. It doesn’t matter if the owner of the car is in a wheelchair. If his sister in law was helping him sell it, she should have had one of the people drive the car and ride with them while the other person stayed behind. Being in a wheelchair is seriously no excuse for being that dumb. I sold my old car on Craigslist and I MADE the guy hand over his wallet, keys, and cell phone (ID and credit cards and all that.) before he was allowed to test drive it and I warned him “You take off with my car, I’ve got your contact info. Don’t risk it.”. He didn’t take off with my car.

    I’d count the car as being gone now. It’s been parted out already. That’s just how Hondas go when they’re stolen.

    1. JMHO55 says:

      Thank you! You beat me to it. You don’t just hand your keys over to total strangers.

  7. Mace says:

    Are these people really this STUPID? Every year people are warned that scam artist’s are every where. This dude better be glad he didn’t get MURKED.

  8. david says:

    hard to believe this story. everyone should know by now that you don’t buy, rent, sell, meet anyone using craigslist. if you do, you do it at your own risk including loss of your life. just when you think no one can be so dense between the ears up pops a story like this one.

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