A bad date with neck tattoos stole his girlfriend’s heart and then her car Friday night in Liberty County, officials said.
The couple met on an online dating website, but the budding relationship soured after one month when 46-year-old Matthew Carpenter allegedly lifted the woman’s car, her cash, phone and wallet from her home, Liberty County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Ken DeFoor said. He declined to disclose which dating site the two used to meet.
Without knowing his date’s true identity, Carpenter agreed to meet the victim’s daughter at the motel around 9 p.m. Saturday, DeFoor said. He was greeted at the motel by a Dayton police officer and two Liberty County Sheriff’s Office deputies waiting for him inside a room.
DeFoor attributed the sting operation to the victim’s daughter, who he declined to identify.
“That young lady did a wonderful job of tracking that ol’ boy,” DeFoor said.
Carpenter was booked into the Liberty County Jail on a charge of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. He is being held in lieu of $10,000 bail.
It is unclear how long Carpenter has been in Texas. DeFoor said Carpenter’s last known address was in California, but jail records show he was born in New York.