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Two busted in alleged theft ring

JONESBORO — Clayton County police arrested two people in a suspected Craigslist theft ring and said more victims may come forward as the investigation progresses.

Montavious Keunte Grimes, 23, of Riverdale and a 16-year-old juvenile were arrested Friday for their involvement in a Craigslist theft ring, said Officer Eddie Soto.

Soto said the juvenile answered an ad for a 2005 Kawaski dirt bike advertised for sale on the popular Internet marketplace site. The juvenile met the owner, Ronald Joseph Beck, March 18 at Flat Shoals Park to test drive the bike, said Soto.

Instead, the juvenile suddenly left the park, stealing the bike, he said.

“Mr. Beck set up another ad on Craigslist, advertising a four-wheeler for sale using different contact information,” said Soto.

Grimes contacted Beck asking to meet with him to see the four-wheeler, he said.

Beck took no chances with this proposal, however.

“Mr. Beck immediately contacted Clayton County Police Detectives about the meeting, at which time Clayton County Police Detectives acted quickly working with Mr. Beck to set up a staged sale in an effort to prevent him from being a theft victim again,” said Soto.

Grimes allegedly agreed to meet Beck at a location around Flat Shoals Road and he arrived as a passenger on the dirt bike previously stolen from Beck, he said.

The driver of the bike had a familiar face, said Soto.

“It was later determined that the same juvenile who stole the dirt bike from Mr. Beck on March 18 was riding on the front of the dirt bike with Grimes on the rear,” he said.

Detectives caught Grimes and the juvenile suspect. Beck was able to identify his dirt bike and the juvenile suspect as being the one who reportedly stole it March 18, said Soto.

“Due to the quick response and coordination between Mr. Beck and detectives of the Clayton County Police Department’s Criminal Investigative Division, this case was solved without incident and two thieves were removed from the streets of Clayton County,” he said.

The juvenile suspect confessed to stealing the dirt bike and both suspects confessed that they showed up for the purpose of stealing the advertised four-wheeler, said Soto.

Anyone who has been a victim of a motorcycle theft that occurred in a similar way should call the Clayton County Police Department at 770-477-3747.