Once again a recent incident shows just how dangerous it can be by meeting total strangers on the internet and inviting them into your home. What should have been a pleasant experience in meeting someone new resulted in the victim having her new car stolen along with cash, cell phone and wallet containing personal papers.
The victim told deputies with the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office that she had met Matthew Albert Carpenter through an online dating service and had been dating him for about a month. She had invited Carpenter to her home and when she was not looking, Carpenter stole her new car along with cash and other items and fled.
In a scene that could have been taken straight out of a movie, the daughter of the victim very shrewdly developed an ingenious plan to trap Carpenter. She devised a fake profile on the same web site and had started talking to Carpenter. She told him she wanted to meet him in person at a motel in the city of Dayton at 9:am that evening and Carpenter agree to do so which as it turned out was his second big mistake.
Enter Dayton Police Cpl. Chowns, Sheriff’s Cpl. Shelly Edwards and Dep. Charles Daigle who worked with the victims daughter to arrange a greeting party for Carpenter when he showed up for the meeting and, indeed, he did and directly into the waiting arms of law enforcement in the victims stolen car which was returned to her that evening.
Matthew Albert Carpenter D.O.B 11/23/68 with his last known address being in California was arrested and booked into the Liberty County jail on a State Jail Felony charge of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle