Stolen car recovered in Bainbridge
Bainbridge Public Safety officers were patrolling near the intersection of Calhoun Street and Albany Road early Saturday morning when they observed a 2015 Jeep Cherokee run a stop sign. The officers pulled the vehicle over for the infraction and upon running the plates determined that the vehicle has been stolen in Tallahassee on Aug. 12.
The driver Curel Adams was arrested and charged with theft by receiving a stolen motor vehicle, driving with instruction permit and theft by bringing stolen property into state.
“I interviewed the driver and the front passenger from Tallahassee stated they were coming here to see a cousin and they didn’t know the vehicle was stolen. A friend had let them use it,” Investigator Mark Esquivel said.
According to Esquivel they could not charge Adams with theft by taking because the theft occurred in Tallahassee.
“All I could charge them with is the crimes that occurred in Bainbridge,” Esquivel said.
A theft by receiving charge typically is used if a suspect is in the possession of stolen items that he or she should have known was stolen and if the officers can’t prove that the suspect actually stole the item.
Frederick Tomlin, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana. A juvenile passenger was also detained before being released into the custody of his mother.
The Tallahassee Police Department’s investigation into the initial theft is ongoing.