WARNER ROBINS -- A father and son have been charged with theft by deception in connection with a scam that targets travelers and the elderly, Byron police say.
Timothy Crow, 42, and Robert Crow, 31, of Macon, are accused of spraying brake fluid behind the back tires of vehicles and falsely telling drivers that their vehicle has a leak in the brake line, said Byron police Detective Malanie Bickford.
The men have charging $50 to $140 to fix the problem until the driver can get the vehicle to a repair shop.
Authorities have received more than a dozen complaints of the scam in Houston and Bibb counties and the city of Perry where motorists stopping off Interstate 75 have been targeted, Bickford said.
Timothy Crow, the father, is being held in the Bibb County Law Enforcement Center and Robert Crow is being held in the Peach County Law Enforcement Center. Both are originally from Jones County but have been living recently in Macon, Bickford said.
Byron police urge motorists who have may have been scammed but not reported it to contact the law enforcement agency where the incident occurred and file a report.