Couple attempts 3 car thefts, but cops catch up

LAWRENCEVILLE — A man and woman went on a car-stealing spree on Wednesday that began in Conyers, went to Buford and ended with a parking lot full of police cars in Lawrenceville.

Yet the perps were only successful on one heist, until Lawrenceville Police officers caught up to them at Hayes Chrysler on Duluth Highway, across from Gwinnett Medical Center. Lawrenceville Police Capt. Greg Vaughn said Conyers Police relayed information that the unidentifed black man and woman fraudulently purchased a vehicle — a 2014 red Chevrolet Impala — from John Miles Chevrolet earlier Wednesday.

An OnStar tracking system showed the vehicle was at Hayes by late afternoon, which brought a slew of Lawrenceville Police cars. That’s when the couple fled as at least nine police cars showed up.

“The male was captured behind Hayes and the female was last seen running toward McDonalds,” according to a Lawrenceville Police report.

Vaughn said the woman was still on the run.

Employees at Hayes told police the couple tried to trade in the vehicle they just purchased, which “had already raised red flags with them prior to our arrival,” the police said.

The couple’s visit to Hayes came after a bad check botched an attempt to purchase a vehicle at Mall of Georgia Dodge.

While the investigation continued with Conyers and Lawrenceville police departments, officers said this wasn’t the first incident for the couple.

“It appears as though the female is the main perp and has been using fake IDs to purchase vehicles,” a report said.

So far, charges pending include theft by receiving and obstruction of an officer.