Ar­rests made in used car thefts

Teen sus­pects also charged with gun thefts

The Covington News - - LOCAL NEWS - By Tyler Smith

Two more men are in cus­tody for their in­volve­ment in the theft of three ve­hi­cles from Cor­ley’s Used Cars.

O’Bryan Wil­liams, 17, and a 16-year-old were ar­rested over the week­end. Romeo Win­ston, 17, was ar­rested last week.

Last Tues­day night, the three men re­port­edly en­tered the of­fice at Cor­ley’s Used Cars lot and took sev­eral items, in­clud­ing the keys to a Ford Ex­plorer, a Chevro­let Ta­hoe and a Dodge Du­rango.

Be­fore steal­ing cars from the Cor­ley’s, New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice Lt. Bill Wat­ter­son said the sus­pects broke into a house down the street from the car lot and took a hand­gun and shot­gun from the res­i­dence.

“We have re­cov­ered ev­ery­thing from both thefts as of 7 p.m. (Mon­day) night,” Wat­ter­son said.

A few days af­ter the crimes, Win­ston was pulled over in the Ex­plorer for lay­ing drag in Rock­dale County. Win­ston was ar­rested on the scene. The stolen hand­gun was re­cov­ered in the SUV, Wat­ter­son said.

The Ta­hoe was found aban­doned on side of the road a few days later in Cov­ing­ton, Dotty Cor­ley said. The po­lice were go­ing to tow the car but no­ticed the tag and called the deal­er­ship to see if it was miss­ing, she said. A lock­smith had to be called in to en­ter the SUV, Dotty Cor­ley said.

The deal­er­ship’s owner, Rob­bie Cor­ley, said he had had a to­tal of four ve­hi­cles stolen from his lot in the three months. In the pre­vi­ous 15 years he had owned the busi­ness, he had never had a car taken.

Wat­ter­son said the mo­tive seemed to be pretty straight­for­ward.

“They just wanted some cars and guns,” Wat­ter­son said. “They just wanted to be cool.”

All three men are charged with felony theft by tak­ing.

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