COVINGTON — The Covington Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a man who is allegedly part of a group targeting vehicles at fitness centers in the metro Atlanta area.
Police say 17-year-old Tarquinnous Mack of Atlanta used false identification to obtain a temporary membership at Planet Fitness in Covington Monday, stole the keys to a truck from the men’s locker room and then stole the truck from the parking lot. Mack is believed to be part of a group that has committed similar crimes in Cobb, Gwinnett and Forsyth counties.
Security footage from the Planet Fitness, located on U.S. Highway 278, shows Mack in a wig as he walked around the gym, not using any equipment. Security footage then shows Mack in the parking lot walking to the vehicle that he allegedly stole. The vehicle is identified as a 2017 brown Ford F-150 truck with license plate number RJZ2500.
Before escaping in the truck, security footage also shows Mack using credit cards left inside the vehicle at the adjacent Kroger to purchase around $1,000 worth of gift cards.
Covington Police Department Capt. Ken Malcom reminds the community to put away valuables and lock up belongings.
“As many of us having new year’s resolutions to get into better shape, obviously there is going to be an increase in attendance in our fitness centers,” said Malcom. “We all need to be vigilant in protecting our valuables...It is a trend, especially for those not from around here to get off the interstate, go to a parking lot, search for valuables or an unlocked door, take things and leave. The safest thing you can do is to take your items with you and properly secure them.”
If you have any information for the CPD, you can submit an anonymous tip at www.covingtonpolice.com/submit-an-anonymous-tip.
The CPD is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.