COVINGTON — The Covington Police Department and Georgia State Patrol foiled an alleged attempt on May 17 to fraudulently purchase a vehicle valued at $102,000 from a local dealership.

According to a news release from the CPD, the department’s Criminal Investigative Division, Patrol Division, Special Investigation Unit, and GSP arrested two suspects on charges of forgery and theft by receiving after the pair allegedly attempted to purchase purchase a 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Track Hawk valued at $102,000 from Ginn Motors on U.S. Highway 278.

“We believe the two offenders are part of a ring that attempts to use fraudulent identification and financing to essentially steal high-end cars from dealerships and rental car businesses,” CID Capt. Ken Malcom said.

The arrests came about as the result of a sting operation by Covington Police and GSP. Officers conducted the operation for most of Friday morning. The suspects allegedly used fraudulent documents to attempt to complete the transaction and were arrested on site. A stolen 2018 Land Rover was also recovered during the incident.

The suspects were identified as Shawn Millstead, 22, of Inglewood, Calif., charged with eight counts of forgery in the first degree, three counts of forgery in the second degree, and one count of theft by receiving, and Jason Tucker, 35, of Pontiac, Mich., charged with one count of theft by receiving.

Senior Reporter

Born and raised in Decatur, Ga. Graduated from Shorter College in Rome, Ga. in 1979 with B.A. in Communications. Worked in community newspapers for 26 years. Started at Rockdale Citizen/Newton Citizen in January 2016.