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Pair allegedly steals air conditioners

By Curt Yeomans

cyeomans@news-daily.com

Perhaps, a S.W.A.T. team is the last thing you want to see when there are allegedly stolen air conditioning units in the back of your pickup truck.

Scott Blake Johnson, 46, and Napoleon Victom, 51, found out what that's like just before 6 a.m., on Friday, when they allegedly pulled out of the Highland Vista Apartments, located at 330 Arrowhead Blvd., in Jonesboro, in a green, 1979 Ford F-100 pickup.

The rear bed of the truck was "completely loaded with nine air conditioning units," reportedly stolen, according to Clayton County Police Spokesman Otis Willis, III.

And, who saw Johnson and Victom pull onto Arrowhead Boulevard from the apartment complex? Yep, it was the Clayton County Police Department's S.W.A.T. Team and Special Operations Unit.

The law enforcement officers were out serving two unrelated drug warrants, on Arrowhead Boulevard and Upper Riverdale Road, at the time. So, after seeing what Willis termed a "suspicious truck," the S.W.A.T. Team members, who usually go out on assignment in green fatigues, bulletproof vests and thick, black helmets, had the Special Operations Unit pull Johnson and Victom over for a traffic stop.

"It was found that they had just [allegedly] stolen the air conditioning units from the mentioned apartment complex," Willis said.

Willis said Johnson and Victom were arrested, and each was charged with 30 counts, including 10 counts of theft by taking, 10 counts of second-degree criminal damage, and 10 counts of possession of tools during the commission of a crime.

Online court records show that Johnson and Victom are scheduled to make their first appearance in Clayton County Magistrate Court today, at 9 a.m.