CLINTON — Clinton Police have made an arrest in a June 16 car theft.
Raijuan L. Shelton, 20, Decatur, was arrested and released to corrections personnel for processing.
On June 16, at approximately 3:09 p.m. Clinton Police responded to the Clinton Circle K gas station/convenient store for the report of a vehicle theft. Initial responding officers were able to obtain a vehicle and suspect description and last known direction of travel.
Neighboring law enforcement agencies were summoned to assist in attempting to locate the suspect vehicle as it fled south from Clinton. Maroa Police were able to locate the suspect vehicle traveling south on US Highway 51 and effect a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 51 near Forsyth Road, where the suspect was taken into custody without incident.
Through the course of the investigation, police learned that the victim had advertised the vehicle for sale on a publicly accessible social media website. The alleged suspect answered the ad as an interested prospective buyer and arranged to meet for a test drive. During the test drive, the suspect stopped at the Circle K gas station and when the suspect and victim exited the vehicle, the suspect reentered the vehicle and fled the scene. No one was injured during the incident.
The Clinton Police Department reminds individuals that while online advertising and sales of property have become extremely popular and common, one should exercise extreme caution when communicating with, meeting with and engaging in business with strangers.