Atlanta police uncover new trend in auto theft - CBS46 News

Atlanta police uncover new trend in auto theft

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Suspect accused of selling stolen cars for scrap Suspect accused of selling stolen cars for scrap
ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) -

Atlanta police announced Wednesday they uncovered a new trend in auto theft recycling.

Investigators said they received information that two men were stealing legitimate Vehicle Identification Numbers (VINs) from a scrap yard in Conyers.  The pair then allegedly put those VINS on other vehicles they had stolen.

"Go get a VIN number that looks like your stolen car, put it on there and take it to a recycler," said Maj. Darryl Tolleson of the Auto Theft Task Force.  Tolleson said the suspects received $500 or more for the scrapped cars.

One suspect, Jonathan Arnold, is in custody.  A second who is facing charges, Darnell Davis, is still on the run.

Police said the pair scrapped approximately two dozen vehicles with stolen VINs and sold them at Metal Max on Regina Drive in Atlanta.  The recycler became suspicious and cooperated with authorities.

"We think we've uncovered a new trend in auto theft," said Tolleson.  "It's not just here, it's a national trend."

Both Arnold and Davis are facing numerous charges. 

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