Van Buren Auto Shop Owner Accused of Taking Money for No Work


A Van Buren auto shop owner is accused of taking money from customers without fixing their vehicle.

Jesse Hendricks was the owner of TDC Customs on South 4th Street in Van Buren.

According to a police incident report, Hendricks is facing multiple charges of felony theft by deception and forgery after taking over $137,000 from customers and never fixing their vehicle. 

The incidents began in 2016. There were reports from 25 different customers about instances where their cars weren’t fixed or they had been charged for work that was not done.

One instance when a customer brought his 1965 Chevrolet Impala to be restored. The customer paid some money to Hendricks up front on a credit card. Hendricks charged an additional $5,000 on the card without the customer’s permission.

The customer said that the car ended up at a body shop on Alma Highway, where the car was found totally stripped. The engine and transmission were no longer in the car. A credit card that belonged to the customer was charged $1,050 on January 9, 2018, without authorization, while the suspect was in Las Vegas.

There was also $4,000 worth of unauthorized charges done in Fort Smith on the same credit card. Items that were purchased were sent to Hendricks’ address in Crawford County. 

Hendricks was arrested on October 16, 2018. He was bonded out the following day. 

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