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Scammers make off with tires
Stolen merchandise valued near $6,000

COVINGTON - Nearly $6,000 worth of Bridgestone tires were apparently stolen from Atlanta Tire Specialists on Monday, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

An incident report completed by Deputy Joseph Lightsey states he was called to the business after an employee discovered a business known as Volume Transportation did not order 16 new tires from the company.

The complainant told authorities he received a call at about 9 a.m. from someone who identified himself as an employee with Volume Transportation, an individual and a company known to do business with Atlanta Tire Specialists.

"At (10 a.m.) a black male arrived ... and said he was there to pick up the tires," the report states. "He was described as a light-skinned black male, had a thick mustache, wore a Volume shirt, short hair, weighed about 160 pounds, and was about 5-foot-7 in height."

The tires were loaded onto a flat bed, white truck that had J&R on the side of it with tinted windows, according to the report.

"(The complainant) stated when he called Volume Transportation to get the P.O. shipping number so the company could be billed, he was informed by (the employee who was represented as having called in the order) who was a white male that he never called in a order for tires and did not know who did," the report says, adding that the man who picked up the tires signed a receipt representing himself as the same Volume Transportation employee.

The tires were valued at $5,924.

Authorities ask that anyone with information on this incident to call the NCSO at 678-625-1400. Tips can be given to the NCSO anonymously at 678-625-5007 or through their Web site at www.newtonsheriffga.org and clicking on "anonymous tips." Those who want a response from NCSO personnel should leave contact information.