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Conyers man charged after trying to thwart car repossession

CONYERS — A Conyers man unhappy with having his car repossessed decided to take matters in his own hands and attempted to unhook his car from the tow truck and try to destroy the evidence by breaking the surveillance camera system, according to the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office.

A Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office deputy was called to a location on Country Trace around 7 p.m. on March 11 where he found a number of people yelling in the street near a tow truck and a red car in the middle of the road.

The tow truck driver told the deputy that he was there to repossess the red car and when he hooked it to the truck, the car’s owner, George Ali Robinson, ran outside and demanded to see paperwork justifying the repossession.

“(The driver) stated that he walked back to the cab of the truck to retrieve the paperwork and Mr. Robinson started to unhook the car from the truck,” Deputy Timothy Kutsch reported.

The tow truck driver told Robinson to leave the truck and car alone and that the camera in the truck recorded him tampering with the car. Robinson then reportedly went to the cab of the truck and tried to take the keys out of the ignition. The two men struggled and the victim showed the deputy red marks and bruises on his arm.

“(The driver) stated that Mr. Robinson then grabbed the camera and ripped it out of the vehicle,” the report states.

He gave the camera to another man, later identified as Cedrick Scanes, and Scanes took the camera into a nearby home.

“I asked Cedrick what did he do with the camera and he stated that he did not know,” Kutsch stated in the incident report. “I advised Cedrick that (the driver) saw him take the camera into the house and that if he knew where the camera was, he needed to return it. Cedrick stated that he did not know were the camera was. I then took Mr. Scanes into custody for taking the camera into the residence.”

Cedrick Maurice Scanes, 22, of 2635 Country Trace, was arrested and charged with theft by taking and being party to a crime.

Robinson, 45, of 2700 Cherry Blossom Circle, was charged with simple battery, criminal damage to property, obstruction of law enforcement officers and entering auto.