Troup County Sheriff’s Deputies have recovered a car allegedly stolen out of Atlanta after happening to run up on the disabled vehicle in LaGrange.
Saturday morning about 9:46 a.m., Patrol Deputies with the Troup County Sheriff’s Office were in the area of North Davis Road near Youngs Mill Road when they observed a black Chevrolet Camaro with no license plate parked in the roadway at intersection.
Deputies noticed the front driver’s side tire and wheel appeared to have come off the vehicle, so they stopped to investigate. Deputies quickly determined the Camaro had been reported stolen out of Fulton County after running the Vehicle Identification Number.
While investigating the situation, a male returned to the vehicle on foot and claimed that he purchased the Camaro a few days prior.
Deputies asked the subject, Tommy Deon Lamar Jr., for his identification and he complied and handed over his driver’s license. Deputies then check the license, at which time Troup 911 confirmed the vehicle was in fact stolen.
After confirming the vehicle was stolen, deputies advised Lamar that they needed to further speak with him and attempted to secure him by grabbing his right wrist. Lamar then jerked away and fled on foot running west on North Davis Road.
Deputies gave chase, but lost sight of Lamar as he ran behind a residence in the 1300 block of North Davis Road.
With the assistance of LaGrange Police, officers located a suspect matching Lamar at the rear door of a nearby residence hiding under a black coat.
Police asked the male for his name and he replied, David McDaniel, but deputies later confirmed it was the subject they had identified as Lamar.
Deputies say that Lamar then began screaming that he had bought the car and that he had a bill of sale.
After Lamar was unable to prove that he had legally purchased the vehicle and reasonably explain why the vehicle had been reported stolen, he was placed under arrest.
As a result of the investigation, Lamar, age 25, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where he was booked into the jail and charged with Felony Theft by Receiving, Obstruction of Officers, and Giving a False Name to Law Enforcement.
The Camaro was towed to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office impound lot to be held for authorities in Fulton County.
Tommy Murphy Staff Writer