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Police warn about Midtown ‘fix your car scam’

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Atlanta police are warning people about a dangerous scam in Midtown.

Ali Rodriguez was robbed by a man who police say was operating a “fix your car scam.” Rodriguez had just walked out of a Midtown restaurant, got in his car and realized it wasn’t working.

A man approached Rodriguez and said he would help fix the car for some money.

Rodriguez tells FOX 5 the man got in the car, forced him to drive to a Shell gas station and buy a carton of cigarettes, then got back in the car and robbed him of $300 and his passport.

Police say Pedro Soto has been pulling the same scam for years.

Atlanta Police Department’s Greg Lyon says Soto disables vehicles and waits for the owner to return.

“The vehicle won’t start and he’s like his own Triple A," said Lyon. "He shows up and fixes the vehicle he just disabled."

According to police, Soto has been arrested for pulling this scam in the past, but now the scam has intensified because this time he may have had a gun.

“He had his hand in his jacket, made a motion like he had a weapon,” said Lyon.

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