COVINGTON, Ga. - Two men were arrested Friday at a local car dealership after attempting to purchase a car in what was believed to be part of a ring that attempts to use fraudulent identification and financing to steal high-end cars from dealerships and rental car companies.
The two subjects, identified as Shawn Milstead, 22, of Inglewood, California, and Jason Tucker, 35, of Pontiac, Michigan, attempted to purchase a 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Track Hawk worth $102,000, Covington Police Department Capt. Ken Malcom said in a news release. The attempted theft occurred at Ginn Motors on Highway 278 with the offenders using fraudulent documents to attempt to complete the transaction.
Millstead was charged with eight counts of first-degree forgery, three counts of second-degree forgery, and one count of theft by receiving. Tucker was charged with theft by receiving.
"We believe the two offenders are part of a ring that attempts to use fraudulent identification and financing to essentially steal high-end cars from dealerships and rental car businesses," Malcom said in the release. "A stolen 2018 Land Rover was also recovered during the incident."