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Victim bilked out of more than $12K in bogus bear trap deal

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A Montana victim was bilked out of $12,600 when a Murfreesboro man and former Halifax County resident failed to deliver on rare, collectible bear traps.

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While Halifax County Sheriff’s Office investigators have seen photos of the traps, they have not been able to determine whether the devices Danny Steven Bryant Jr., 25, offered for sale on social media existed, Chief Deputy Scott Hall said.

Bryant was arrested today and charged with obtaining property by false pretense.

The victim was instructed to wire the money to a bank in Halifax County, Hall said.

In a statement on the matter, Hall said Detective R.M. Brown began investigating on September 1. The fraud occurred in July.

Bryant brokered a deal with the victim through social media and received payment without sending the traps to the victim.  “It was apparent that Bryant had no intention of sending the purchased items to the buyer after receiving the funds,’’ Hall said in the statement.

Bryant was jailed on $2,500 secured bond and has an October 18 court date.

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