A celebrity ghost hunter and former Penn State student has been charged with theft after he allegedly did not return a rental car.
Ryan Buell, 34, of State College, was arrested on an active warrant on Sept. 18 in Florence County, S.C., his native state, according to 6ABC.
He has been charged with theft, receiving stolen property and other related crimes, according to public records.
According to the criminal affidavit, Buell failed to return a Kia Sportage he rented from a State College Hertz location by the Aug 1. due date.
As a courtesy, the manager extended the rental until Aug. 8 but found the credit card would not cover the charge. Buell failed to respond to calls, emails, letters and messages left on his Facebook account. Police visited the address he provided the car company and found Buell was not a resident. The car was not returned, according to the affidavit dated Sept. 14.
Buell is a paranormal investigator, author and producer who founded the Paranormal Research Society. His Twitter account lists that he is the host of the A&E show Paranormal State, a journalist, and a wizard.
In 2014, Buell's "Conversations with the Dead Tour" which was to play in a number of U.S. and Canadian cities, was postponed and then canceled. Tickets were not directly refunded, according to the 6ABC story.
In 2012, he canceled shows claiming he was fighting pancreatic cancer. In late 2013, Buell told People Magazine he was close to remission, ready to tour again, according to the story.
On Tuesday morning Buell's mother, Shelly Bonavita Lundberg, posted on Facebook, asking his fans to stop enabling his behavior.
"I beg you all - if you are a TRUE fan - PLEASE stop enabling his situation by sending money, buying tickets to events that may never occur, buying merchandise/phone calls you may never get, paying money to watch him on Twitch, and giving him offers of shelter," Bonavita Lundberg wrote.