By Kathy Jefcoats
JONESBORO — Clayton County police are looking for two convicted felons in what they believe to be a large-scale, widespread theft organization.
Sgt. Kevin Hughes said Corey Montgomery is the suspected kingpin of the ring.
Hughes said Montgomery is wanted in multiple jurisdictions for theft by taking, including more than 100 counts in Clayton County.
Police are also looking for John Paul Vinson, believed to be homeless. Hughes said Vinson is known to frequent Rice Street in Atlanta.
Hughes said the two are wanted in the thefts of GMC and Chevrolet-type wheels and rims from Georgia and Alabama car dealerships. The value of the stolen items is estimated to be in the hundreds of thousands, he said.
According to Georgia Department of Corrections, both men have served more than one term in state prison. Montgomery was most recently released in February 2012 after serving more than eight months for criminal trespass, possession of tools for the commission of a crime and theft by taking in a Cobb County case, according to records.
He was previously convicted in Clayton County of bail jumping and in Henry County for attempted theft by taking.
Vinson was most recently released from prison in June 2010 after serving 17 months for robbery by sudden snatching, obstruction of an officer, forgery and drug possession in a Fulton County case. He served a previous sentence for robbery by sudden snatching, also from a Fulton County conviction.
According to Clayton County court records, Montgomery was arrested in March for theft by taking and released on bond.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of either men should contact the Clayton County Police Department at 678-610-4785 or 911.