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The Yakima County jail. (GORDON KING/Yakima Herald-Republic file)

UNION GAP, Wash. – Authorities say a Union Gap car dealer illegally sold a truck that was brought in for repairs and falsified sales records.

A woman told Union Gap police that she had bought the truck from Don's Auto Sales in March 2018, but returned it to have engine problems fixed, according to a probable cause affidavit filed by police. The dealership’s 72-year-old owner, Donald Raymond Frank, told the woman he would try to find a cheaper engine to replace the one in the truck, the affidavit said.

But in early summer, Frank reportedly told the woman that he'd sold the vehicle, something the woman told police she never authorized, and that Frank would not give the money back.

Officers said the credit union where the woman took out the loan for the truck reported there was a lien on the vehicle, and that they had a contract from Frank with the person he sold it to in May. But investigators said the buyer’s name was false and the address listed did not exist, the affidavit said.

On Feb. 17, a couple contacted police and said they had bought the truck in May from Frank's dealership but discovered there was a lien on it when they had paid off the loan and tried to get the title, the affidavit said. The sale details on their contract with Frank matched those on documents the credit union provided, except that the buyer’s name and address were different, the affidavit said.

Frank was booked into Yakima County jail on suspicion of first-degree theft, motor vehicle theft and forgery, and is expected to make a preliminary appearance Tuesday afternoon.