There are possibly hundreds of stories of criminals getting caught due to a poorly-executed robbery or theft that would ultimately make it in a video compilation of “America’s Dumbest Criminals.”
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The latest example of this involves a Georgia man who drove a stolen car to jail to bail out someone who had been arrested for having driven a stolen car.
As recently reported in The Red & Black, Duluth resident Derrick Taylor-Canty, 26, went to Gwinnett County Jail to bond out his girlfriend, Akhria Cooper, 24, also from Duluth, after she was arrested for driving a different stolen vehicle, police said.
The couple are now both behind bars after being charged with felony and misdemeanor theft by receiving stolen property, altering serial numbers and several other charges for having four stolen cars in their possession, police said.
Just a few days ago, those four vehicles were discovered after a Gwinnett County Police Department officer stopped Cooper for speeding on Ga. Highway 316, according to Cpl. Michele Pihera, spokeswoman for the Gwinnett County Police Department.
“After making contact with the driver, the officer discovered that the license plate displayed on the back of the Jeep was stolen,” Pihera said. “The driver told the officer that she purchased the vehicle through an ad on a buy/sell/trade website. After the driver was arrested and placed in the backseat of a patrol car, the officers found that the VIN plate displayed in the windshield was fraudulent. The true VIN was found. The vehicle was reported stolen from Thrifty Rental in Tennessee when someone rented the vehicle with fraudulent information.”
Upon taking Cooper to the Gwinnett County Jail, Motor Vehicle Theft Unit investigators called Taylor-Canty to inform him that she was in jail, Pihera said.
That’s when things took a turn for the worst for Taylor-Canty.
“Derrick traveled to the jail to bond out Akhria. While in the parking lot, he called the investigator to inquire about his girlfriend,” Pihera said. “Suspecting that Derrick could also be in a stolen vehicle, the investigators confronted Derrick in the parking lot. The 2019 Infiniti that he was driving also had a fraudulent VIN. The true VIN was found, and investigators learned that the vehicle was reported stolen from Enterprise Rental in Kentucky. He was placed under arrest.”
Police not only discovered that Taylor-Canty was driving a stolen vehicle, but they also found two other sets of keys on him, which came from two other stolen vehicles. One of those vehicles was parked at Cooper’s house.
The other vehicle, Pihera said, was sold to a buyer in Milton by Taylor-Canty using the title of a different vehicle. The owner of the stolen vehicle, however, had been involved in a car accident and had to leave the car on the side of Interstate 85. Police were able to recover it.
On top of the charges for theft and altering serial numbers, Cooper was charged with speeding, driving without a license, altering a vehicle to conceal its identity, improper window tint and having no insurance.
Taylor-Canty was also charged with theft by deception and operating a chop shop.
Last Friday, Pihera said that the investigation is still active even though Cooper and Taylor-Canty have been charged.
“There is a possibility that these two suspects may have victimized others,” she said. “If anyone purchased a vehicle from either Akhria or Derrick, please call Investigator O’Brien at 770-513-5285.”
I worked with an investigator back in my prosecutor days who used to like to say, “Being a petty criminal is a hard row to hoe and it gets even tougher if you are stupid.” This is clearly a case of Aggravated Criminal Stupidity. -Mo Wiltshire