STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. - A Covington man has been arrested for attempting to sell a stolen cloned vehicle.
On Thursday, June 20, detectives assigned to the Motor Vehicle Theft Unit and officers assigned to the South Precinct arrested Miles Nimmons, 21, and charged him with theft by receiving stolen property, altered VIN and criminal attempt to commit a felony. He was booked into the Gwinnett County Jail and bonded out yesterday.
On Wednesday, June 19, a Lilburn man purchased a vehicle through OfferUp. When he tried to register the vehicle, he learned that it was stolen. The seller gave him a fraudulent title, and a fictitious VIN was covering up the true VIN behind the windshield.
On June 20, the original victim found another listing by the same seller who he purchased the vehicle from. The new listing showed a 2016 black Chevrolet Tahoe for sale for $16,580. This price is well below fair market value, and so he contacted GCPD.
The Motor Vehicle Theft Unit contacted the seller and made an offer to purchase the vehicle in the parking lot of 1825 Rockbridge Road in unincorporated Stone Mountain. Shortly after 1 p.m., a man arrived at the meeting place driving the black Chevrolet Tahoe. Officers conducted a felony stop on the vehicle, and Miles Nimmons was placed under arrest.
Once the true VIN was recovered, the detectives learned about the history of the vehicle. It was reported stolen in Miami, Florida, May 4. The vehicle belonged to Enterprise Rental and was obtained through fraud. The suspect was not the same person who sold the original victim his vehicle the day prior.