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Steve Adams, Sean Tony Marks charged in fake auto repair scam

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Two Silver Spring men are under arrest in connection with a mobile auto body repair scam in Montgomery County.

Sean Tony Marks (left) and Steve Adams are charged with malicious destruction of property. (Photos: Montgomery County Police)

Montgomery County Police say that Steve Adams, 41, and Sean Tony Marks, 34, both face charges of malicious destruction of property after being arrested on Oct. 11.

Police say that the two men, both of the 14300 block of Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring, would offer to repair body damage to people's cars, but did not use proper tools or materials to make the fixes.

In one incident at a Home Depot on Georgia Avenue on Oct. 6, a victim told police that Adams and Marks offered to fix body damage to a vehicle for $620.

But instead of using proper materials to fix the car, the suspects allegedly used concrete mud and spray paint, two materials not suitable for use in car repair. A body shop estimated the damage to the cars to be about $2,500.

The county Office of Consumer Protection will also investigate the allegations as a civil offense. Operating a mobile auto repair business without a license is a civil infraction carrying a $500 fine.

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