Stolen Car Wasn’t Truly Stolen

On Thursday of last week, Summerville Police were alerted about a stolen vehicle out of Gwinnett County that was believed to be in Summerville.

Police were dispatched to a Taylor Street address, where they spoke with Justin Pruitt who told officers that he had sent $100 online to two people who were in possession of the vehicle.  Mr. Pruitt explained to the officers that a buddy of his went to Stockbridge, Georgia and gave the two people $3900 more and brought the 1967 Pontiac Tempest back to Summerville for him.

Summerville Police verified with Gwinnett County Police that the vehicle was indeed stolen and took possession of the vehicle.

But it turned out the vehicle was not stolen.  Mr. Pruitt traveled to Stockbridge and spoke with Mr. Bobby Lawson who said that while he was in prison, his girlfriend had the vehicle moved and a neighbor had reported it stolen.  Mr. Pruitt and Mr. Lawson went together to speak with Gwinnett County authorities and explain the situation and Gwinnett County Police removed the vehicle from the reported stolen list.