COVINGTON -- Two 2013 Chevrolet Camero 2SS convertibles, valued in total at nearly $90,000, were stolen from the Ginn Motor Company lot on Access Road Friday night, according to the Covington Police Department.
"It appears what happened was the lock box was removed from inside the cars and the individuals who took it left the location and came back a short time later with keys in hand and left with the vehicles," said CPD Public Information Officer Capt. Ken Malcom.
It is believed the crime took place between 9 and 10 p.m. and Malcom said video surveillance tape does show the crime taking place.
"(The tape) shows a white dually coming into the lot and coming back later and letting people out of the vehicle," Malcom said. "You can see they obviously have keys and see the activation of lights on the vehicles stolen."
Malcom said detectives think these cars were taken out of the state immediately.
"We believe it's part of an organized ring specifically targeting Camero convertibles. There were similar thefts in South Carolina. We think the cars are being shipped to other parts of the country," he said. "We're networking with other agencies across the Southeast that have had similar thefts. If anyone saw anything, please contact us."
Anyone who saw anything that may be related to this incident is asked to call the CPD at 770-786-7605; go to the website at www.covingtonpolice.com; or use the mobile-to-mobile app called tipsubmit.
In other crime news, a driver who was pulled over for speeding on Irwin Bridge Road in Conyers Saturday night reportedly ran from deputies with the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office before he was detained and taken to jail.
Following his arrest on the speeding charge, Jelani O. Knox, 22, of 230 Lassiter St., Covington, was charged with crossing the guard lines of a jail while in possession of marijuana, a felony. According to an incident report by the RCSO, a green leafy substance suspected to be marijuana was found in his buttocks while in the shower room at the jail.
Knox was reportedly driving a Honda Accord south on Irwin Bridge Road at about 7:10 p.m. Saturday at a speed of 66 mph in a 45-mph zone when he was pulled over by a deputy. A check of Knox's drivers license revealed that there was possibly a warrant for his arrest in Douglas County.
When the deputy informed Knox of the possible warrant, he allegedly took off running toward Sigman Road. The deputy and a backup deputy who had been called to the scene chased Knox, who tripped and fell. He tried to get up but stopped when he was warned that he would be Tasered.
Due to the odor of marijuana coming from Knox and his car, deputies searched the car but found no drugs.
Knox was advised while en route to the jail to declare any marijuana he might have on him before they reached the jail. According to the incident report, Knox said he didn't have any marijuana.
In addition to the crossing guard lines charge and speeding, Knox was charged with willful obstruction of law enforcement officers and possession of marijuana less than one ounce. A hold was placed on the suspect for another law enforcement agency.
Citizen Editor Alice Queen contributed to this story.