St. Johns County man arrested on grand theft, fraud charges
Mark Blanton, 37, arrested Wednesday
ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. – A St. Johns County man was arrested Wednesday on five counts of grand theft and organized scheme to defraud.
According to deputies, Mark Douglas Blanton, 37, who was operating a business called "Knock 46 Custom Cycles," had entered into contracts with at least five people between October 2012 and November 2013 to customize their motorcycles.
Blanton was allegedly paid between $20,000-$40,000 by the victims, who claimed they never received their motorcycles or money back.
Upon Blanton's arrest Wednesday, detectives obtained a warrant and searched a storage unit off U.S. 1, where they seized a large amount of motorcycle parts.
Investigations found victims from all over the U.S., Alberta, Canada and the Middle East.
Blanton's bonds total $50,000.
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