DeKalb County, Ga. - Deputies from the Newton County Sheriff’s Office arrested two men in DeKalb County last week after a woman spotted her stolen car on a trailer and gave chase.
According to a NCSO incident report, the victim told deputies she ran out of gas on Interstate 20 eastbound between Almon Road and Salem Road and left her 2001 Mitsubishi Montero there March 3.
She reportedly returned to the vehicle on March 5 to retrieve some personal items around 6 p.m. About three hours later she was traveling westbound on Interstate 20 and saw her vehicle on the back of a U-Haul trailer being pulled behind a Ford Expedition and called 911.
According to the report, she followed the vehicle until a Conyers police officer was able to stop it near Turner Hill Road.
The driver of the Expedition, 30-year-old Omayeli J. Amuka-Pemu, of Winder, reportedly told police he had purchased the vehicle but could not provide paperwork.
Deputies observed the window of the Mitsubishi busted out and saw the steering column broken and hanging on the floor. Conyers Police Department dispatch reportedly advised that the trailer had been stolen out of California.
Amuka-Pemu reportedly told deputies he had purchased the vehicle and loaded it up on the trailer. He said he did not know the car was stolen. According to the report, he told deputies he picks up vehicles and takes them to a Conyers recycling business.
The passenger in the Expedition, 44-year-old Jermane Horton, of Birmingham, Alabama, reportedly had a warrant for larceny out of Clayton County.
Amuka-Pemu and Horton were arrested for theft by taking and transported to the Newton County Law Enforcement Center.