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One man in custody following car thefts
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The Newton County Sheriff's Office has one man in custody and is on the lookout for two others in connection with the theft of three vehicles from Corley's Used Cars.

NCSO Lt. Bill Watterson said they are not releasing the name of the man in custody until other arrests are made.

Sometime Tuesday night or Wednesday morning, three men reportedly entered the Corley's Used Cars lot and took a Ford Explorer, a Chevrolet Tahoe and a Dodge Durango.

 Before stealing cars from Corley's, the suspect allegedly broke into a house down the street from the car lot and took a handgun and shotgun from the residence, Watterson said.

The next day, the Explorer was pulled over in Rockdale County and the suspect was arrested. The stolen handgun was recovered in the SUV.

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

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

"This place as really gone down hill," Dottie Corley said.

The Durango, maroon in color, has yet to be recovered.

Watterson said they were pursuing several leads and, as of now, do not suspect gang involvement in the case.

If you have information about the incident, please call the NCSO at (678) 625-1403. Tips may also be given anonymously at (678) 625-5007 or on their Web site