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GBI says felon stole shipment of BMW tires

By Kathy Jefcoats

kjefcoats@henryherald.com

MCDONOUGH — A convicted felon has been charged with stealing $387,000 in BMW tires in an undercover Georgia Bureau of Investigation operation.

Mark Anthony Collins, 48, of Latchwood Drive in Lithonia faces a single count of felony theft by taking in the Nov. 9 alleged incident. Anthony was in Henry County Magistrate Court Wednesday morning for a preliminary hearing but it was reset to Jan. 30 when the special agent in charge of the case for GBI didn't show, said Chief Magistrate Judge Robert Godwin.

GBI Special Agent Anita Ivy alleges that Collins took a load of BMW tires from Kuehne and Nagel, a logistics business on Interstate Drive in McDonough. Collins is also accused of taking a $20,000 trailer.

A confidential informant bought the tires from Collins as GBI agents conducted surveillance, said Ivy. Police found the tires at Jet Performance in Lithonia.

Collins is out on $25,000 bond.

Georgia Department of Corrections records show Collins served in state prison from 1999 until 2001 for possession of cocaine and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in a DeKalb County case. Most recently, Collins served from 2007 until 2009 for possession of methamphetamine and sale or distribution of cocaine in Morgan County.

In other court action:

• Solomon Alexander Clanton, 23, of Savannah was arrested Tuesday night after police said he threw out a half-pound of marijuana from his car while running from officers.

A Henry County police officer was trying to initiate a traffic stop on Clanton after he clocked him doing 83 mph near exit 211 on southbound I-75 in Locust Grove. The officer said Clanton topped speeds in excess of 100 mph in trying to elude him and threw the drugs out the window during the chase.

Once the car was stopped and searched, officers found four bottles of liquid codeine inside, said police. Clanton was charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, possession of liquid codeine and fleeing or attempting to elude an officer. Godwin set a $7,500 bond and reset his preliminary hearing to Feb. 6.

• An Atlanta woman was charged with making a false statement after allegedly appearing in Henry County Superior Court in someone else's name. Police said Sharea Alicia Anderson, 32, of Bakers Ridge allegedly went to court Tuesday morning and answered to Teaniscer T. Flanagan's name when her case of forgery was called.

Georgia Department of Corrections records show Flanagan has a long history including shoplifting and bad checks and was most recently released from prison in August.

Anderson bonded out and Godwin bound over her case to a grand jury when she didn't show for the first appearance hearing Wednesday.

• A Stockbridge woman convicted in 2008 of multiple drug cases was arrested Tuesday at a motel. Tiffany Rena Pitner, 32, of Regan Road was arrested at the Express Inn after drug agents found a prescription pill in her wallet. Warrants show she was arrested Aug. 22 when agents conducted a probation search at her home and found drugs in her bedroom.

Police said Pitner fled out the back door when officers arrived. Records show she has outstanding warrants in Henry and Butts counties.

Georgia Department of Corrections records show Pitner was convicted in Butts and Clayton counties for drugs and served about 15 months of a 20-year sentence in state prison.

All defendants should be considered innocent until proven guilty.