LEAGUE CITY

A Houston car salesman was arrested and charged with multiple felonies after allegedly using a customer's personal information to buy himself an RV.

Police said they tracked down the allegedly illicitly purchased property after looking at a map posted on the man's Instagram page.

Houston resident Edwin Chavez, 29, was arrested Thursday and charged with theft of property of more than $30,000 and less than $150,000, forgery of a financial instrument and fraud by use or possession of identifying information. He also was held on two warrants out of Brazoria County.

According to an arrest affidavit, Chavez is a salesman at a Beck & Masten dealership in south Houston. In June, a man to whom Chavez had sold a car discovered that someone had used his name to buy a 31-foot-long travel trailer from Holiday World in League City, as well as a tractor and trailer from UVC Powersports in Alvin.

The victim discovered the purchase that was made in his name when he received warranty information in the mail about the RV, according to the affidavit.

The victim and the sales manager identified Chavez from a picture posted on the car dealership's website, according to the affidavit.

Police in August also were able to track down the RV by looking at Chavez's Instagram account. In a post in March, Chavez posted pictures celebrating his purchase of 17 acres of land in Devers, a small city in Liberty County.

Among the pictures on the Instagram post was a map, showing the exact location the parcel of land sat on and sales papers showing its address.

When police drove to the property, they could see a travel trailer and tractor  matching the ones bought from League City and Alvin, according to the affidavit. Police obtained a warrant and seized both vehicles. Serial numbers on both vehicles matched the vehicles bought in the two stores, according to the affidavit.

In Galveston County, Chavez is accused of stealing the RV from the dealership and of using the victims' name and personal information to make the purchase.

Chavez was arrested in Houston on Thursday and taken to the Galveston County Jail. He was held on $300,000 bond and was still in custody Friday afternoon.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; john.ferguson@galvnews.com or on Twitter @johnwferguson.

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(5) comments

Gary Scoggin

Not a very smart criminal.

Bailey Jones

It was nice of him to post all the evidence on Instagram.

Ted Gillis

This is the reason why we shouldn’t be sharing our ID’s with anyone, even election clerks!

Carlos Ponce

No ID at the polling place or an accepted equivalent = no vote. That's the law, Ted.

william boney

Wow, that’s makes a lot of sense, not showing/sharing ID. Here’s a thought, watch and monitor your credit report. Easy to do.

Here’s a link https://www.experian.com/consumer-products/credit-monitoring.html

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