JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — A man contacted police May 28 saying he was the victim of theft. 

The man said he hired a mechanic who identified himself as “John Childs” to do work on his 2000 Lexus Rx300 because it was blowing blue smoke. 

The victim said he found “Childs” on a website called 911 Mobile Mechanic. The suspect said he needed a new engine and asked for $1,150 to complete the work. 

The victim wrote the suspect a check. The suspect told the victim that he had replaced the engine, but it did not fix the problem, so he put the old engine back. He has promised to refund the money, but the victim has not received a refund. 

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