Saturday, June 21, 2008
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COVINGTON - When Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies went to a home on Cedar Terrace to serve an arrest warrant on Marcus Thomas, they didn't find him, but they did find some key evidence believed to be linked to an Atlanta carjacking, according to NCSO Lt. Bill Watterson.
An NCSO incident report completed by Deputy David Gilbert reports that when the deputies knocked on the door, they didn't get an answer, but when they went around to the back of the house, they noticed "what was left of" a red Chevrolet SUV.
"The vehicle was stripped almost to the frame," Watterson said. "There were no tires, rims, axles, motor, front clip for the headlights, no door, no hatch - I mean they stripped this car way down. The two front seats were the only thing left in it. They took a long time to strip this vehicle."
When deputies ran the VIN number on GCIC, they discovered the SUV had been taken in an armed carjacking in Atlanta on Dec. 30. The victim told authorities at that time three black men with guns took the vehicle.
Watterson said a family member told them that a relative had brought the SUV to that location some time ago and was responsible for stripping it. Deputies were given permission to search the residence and they located vehicle parts inside.
Watterson said the investigation into this incident is ongoing and there are several people wanted for questioning.
Authorities ask that anyone with information on this incident to call the NCSO at 678-625-1446. Tips can be given to the NCSO anonymously at 678-625-5007 or through their Web at www.newtonsheriffga.org and clicking on "anonymous tip line." Those who want a response from NCSO personnel should leave contact information.