Pair arrested in repair scam

| 8/27/2002

West Baton Rouge Parish deputies have arrested two Louisiana men on complaints they stole more than $100,000 after claiming they were truckdrivers whose rigs needed repair.

In the scam, Jimmie Penn allegedly would take information from parked tractor-trailers and call the company claiming to be a driver with a breakdown. Then, Abe Percy Jr. allegedly would cash the Comcheck either at a truckstop or casino, and the pair would split the profits.

Percy was arrested July 18 at a Port Allen, LA, casino while cashing a Comcheck. He was booked with 25 counts of access device fraud, and is being held in lieu of $75,000 bail.

Penn was arrested Aug. 21 at Baton Rouge General Medical Center after being stabbed. He was booked with 26 counts of principal to access device fraud and also is being held in lieu of $75,000 bail.