Three men arrested after fleeing from stolen car in Atlanta, cops say 


Three men were arrested late last month after fleeing from a stolen car, police say. 

The owner of the 2011 black Camaro, Craig Coogler, called police on Dec. 22 to report his car was missing from where he’d parked it on Ralph McGill Boulevard the night before. Within hours, police saw the car in southeast Atlanta and tried to pull it over, but the driver fled and ran a stop sign, according to a Dec. 22 incident report. 

A foot chase ensued before three men were detained, all with injuries from climbing fences and running from a moving vehicle, the report said. A gun with an extended magazine holding more than 30 live unspent rounds was found in the car, police reported. 


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Quinterris McQueen was charged with auto theft by receiving stolen property and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Tabakus Grier was accused of giving a false name and birth date, and Clinton Thomas was charged with obstruction to a law enforcement officer without harm or violence. 

Coogler, 32, said the car looks like it was driven over a curb or tree root; the axle is destroyed. The sales manager said he was puzzled because his limited-edition Atlanta Falcons gym bag was still in the car, but a pair of seven-year-old Nikes from inside were gone.

“It was all so bizarre and wild and crazy that I couldn’t bring up anger, I was just so surprised,” Coogler said. “It was like a bad sitcom episode.”

Auto thefts have been a major problem in metro Atlanta for years. High profile victims include actress Queen Latifah, retired superior court judge Marvin Arrington Sr. and, most recently, former mayoral candidate Ceasar Mitchell


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