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A Roanoke Rapids man was charged Tuesday following an investigation by the city’s police department into the fraudulent purchase of vehicles through private sales.

Interim police Chief Gorton Williams said the department has been investigating several reports of this crime.

De’Arias Pitt, 24, was arrested for charges stemming in April when he provided fake documents to obtain a vehicle. 

For that crime he was charged with larceny of a motor vehicle, obtaining property by false pretense, and possession of stolen goods. 

While Pitt was in custody, the police department took another report for a similar crime and new warrants were obtained for Pitt on the same counts he originally faced.

Pitt remains in the Halifax County Detention Center under a $25,000 bond with a Friday court date.