Another Arrest for Bernardo Motors Owner

David Taylor facing second-degree larceny charges for allegedly failing to pay off loan on trade-in.


Legal troubles continue to mount for the owner of a now shuttered used car dealership.

Bernardo Motors owner David Taylor has been arrested again on charges that he never paid off the loan on a car a customer traded in on the purchase of another car, according to police.

"On July 20, 2012 Hamden Police received a complaint from Citizen’s Bank regarding a larceny," police spokesman Capt. Ronald Smith said in a release Tuesday.

Detective John Marks, who was assigned to the investigation, found that in 2008, a Waterbury couple bought a car from a Watertown car dealership, and in Aug. 2011 they traded that car in on a car at Bernardo Motors, which is located at 2575 State St.

"Bernardo Motors made several attempts to pay off the previous automobile loan with Citizens Automobile Finance (CAF)," Smith said. He sent CAF four checks that bounced, he said, but after the company received the second check, it released the title to Taylor, who then sold the car without paying off the loan.

The loss to CAF is $14,404.47, Smith said.

On Monday, Taylor, 52, of 34 Lantern View Drive, Branford, turned himself into police and was charged with five counts of issuing a bad check and second-degree larceny. He posted $7,500 bond and is due to appear in Meriden Superior Court on Aug. 23.






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