Woman accused of using dating app to steal cars from local men
CINCINNATI (FOX19) - At least two men have had their cars stolen by a woman they met through a dating app, according to the Sharonville police.
The woman, Lorena Celis, is now at the Hamilton County Justice Center.
According to police reports, Celis was caught at a Speedway gas station on Reading Road in Evendale as an officer was helping her jump-start a car. The officer recognized her as the suspect in two auto thefts and arrested her.
Court documents say Celis stole the cars from two men at the same gas station on different days after meeting them through a dating app.
One of the alleged victims is Shawn Brewer.
“She wanted the car more than I did, I guess,” Brewer told FOX19 NOW.
Brewer claims he gave Celis a ride on Dec. 9 because a friend of his met her on a dating app. He says she was well dressed and seemed like a “decent person.”
“Seemed like a polite young lady," he explained, "but she fooled me.”
Brewer says he went inside the Thorton’s on East Sharon Road in Sharonville to get some cigarettes and when he turned around, Celis took off in his car.
The car, Brewer says, actually belongs to his girlfriend, Amanda Hudson, who claims she’s never seen Celis before.
Hudson was reportedly able to get her car back early the next morning, but she says she lost many in things in the theft, including “sentimental items that can’t be recovered or replaced.”
Hudson says her GPS and stereo were also taken. The couple—Brewer and Hudson—think it’s about $1,800 worth of damage.
“It’s just a total loss,” Hudson explained.
According to police reports, the other victim’s Chevy Silverado was stolen by Celis from the same gas station after meeting her on a dating app. It has since been found by police.
Hudson says she wants people to learn from the experience.
“Be mindful of who you meet and how much information is displayed," she instructed. "If you’re selling something online, you always want to meet at a police department or a well-lit area. Never leave your car running, never leave your keys in your car and always lock your car.”
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