Indiana man indicted in eBay robbery scam

Thursday, March 3rd 2005, 2:04 pm
By: News On 6

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ A federal grand jury indicted an Indianapolis man on charges he auctioned vintage muscle cars that he did not own on the Internet site eBay, then had two partners rob would-be buyers at gunpoint when they came to pick up the autos.

Dewan A. Horne, 24, was being held Wednesday night in the Marion County Jail. His alleged accomplices were still at large, according to prosecutors.

In one of the robberies, which occurred in December and January, a father and son from Georgia and South Carolina were forced at gunpoint to lie down while Horne and his partners took more than $9,000 in cash and equipment from their truck before leaving in Horne's car, the indictment said.

Horne denied any role in the robberies and said he did not know why he was identified as a suspect.

Horne was charged with robbery and conspiracy under the Hobbs Act, which prohibits interference with interstate commerce by threats or violence, and for his partners' alleged use of firearms during the crimes.

He could face prison time and a fine if convicted, prosecutors said.