Man operating fake tow truck company arrested

SURF CITY –– A man who illegally operated a tow truck company has been arrested following an investigation by the Surf City Police Department.

Hampstead resident Charles Dowd hooked up his red tow truck to parked vehicles and demand a $200 drop fee to release the vehicles. On July 24, someone made a report of a suspicious encounter with Dowd near the 1700 block of N New River Drive in Surf City.

In the reported instance, Dowd was using a mobile app to receive payments and called his company JAM Services.


Dowd was arrested and charged with obtaining property by false pretenses, extortion, and embezzlement.

The Surf City Police Department asks anyone with similar encounters with Dowd to call the department at 910-328-7711.


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