Alleged organizer of wheel, tire theft ring arrested
by Wes Mayer
A man believed to be the leader of a criminal ring specializing in thefts of wheels and tires throughout Georgia — including from a Coweta auto dealership — has been arrested in Clayton County.
The suspected mastermind, Corey “Big” Montgomery, 34, was charged for more than 85 counts of theft by taking stemming from his suspected involvement in the criminal ring, said Investigator Ryan Foles with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office.
Starting in June of 2012, Montgomery’s ring is suspected of stealing aftermarket wheels and tires from General Motors vehicles at the two Newnan SouthTowne dealerships. The entire ring is believed to be responsible for nearly $200,000 in thefts and damages in Covington, Clayton County, Villa Rica and in Coweta County. The ring is additionally suspected of thefts in areas of Alabama and South Carolina.
A task force composed of investigators and officers from agencies around Georgia, including Foles, was set up at the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office, said Lt. Col. Jimmy Yarbrough. Using the sheriff’s office’s smart board technology and new training room, agencies were able to coordinate and make a collected effort to identify and apprehend Montgomery, Foles said.
Montgomery was booked into the Clayton County jail on Sept. 30. He will face charges in Coweta County after the conclusion of proceedings involving the case in Clayton County.