William Ragin, 20, of Newark

Delaware State Police arrested a Newark man this week after he attempted to sell a pickup truck which had been reported stolen last week from Townsend.

The investigation began on July 30, after a Townsend man contacted State Police to report that his 2014 Ford F-150 pickup had been stolen from the driveway of his home in the 500 block of Main Street, Townsend.

Later in the day, troopers were again contacted by the victim who said he found a "for sale" listing about his pickup on Craigslist. The victim told troopers that he had contacted the person who placed the advertisement, and the person said he could meet him and buy the vehicle for $5,000.

Then troopers pretended to be someone interested in buying the pickup and placed a second call to the suspect, later identified as William Ragin, 20, of Newark. Ragin agreed to meet at the Delaware Welcome Center on Interstate 95 in Newark, with the intention of selling the vehicle to the “interested party” for $6,000.

Troopers went the Welcome Center and as Ragin arrived in the stolen Ford F-150, a vehicle stop was performed. Ragin was taken into custody without incident and taken to Troop 2 where he gave a false name to troopers, police said.

Ragin was arrested and charged with receiving stolen property and criminal impersonation, police said.

He was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 11 and released on $1,000 secured bail to await another court appearance.

The stolen pickup was returned to its owner.