Moultrie Observer

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June 5, 2013

Man, wife charged with stealing car

MOULTRIE — The following story has been corrected from its original version.

A man and his wife were charged Tuesday with stealing a car from her mother.

Kenneth Keith McCall and Michelle Lynn McCall, both 35, were charged with theft by taking in the case. They were listed as homeless on police arrest reports.

The same individuals were charged by Colquitt County sheriff’s deputies with theft by taking on Monday. On jail paperwork, Kenneth McCall is listed as being from Brinson, while Michelle McCall’s address is listed as 708-C Second Ave. S.E. No information on the case for which they were charged in the county was provided.

The city arrests stem from a report made April 24 by Patricia Kearce, Michelle McCall’s mother.

Kearce said the McCalls took her to a Tennessee car dealership to buy her a car Jan. 14. They purchased a 2011 Chevrolet Impala, which was registered in Kearce’s name. Kearce said they told her Kenneth McCall’s “Granny” was paying off the car as a gift to her. At the time, the McCalls were living with Kearce in the 800 block of 26th Avenue Southeast.

Kearce said a few days after the purchase, the McCalls started using the car without her permission, and when she asked for the keys they did not give them to her.

At some point, Kearce and her son had to move, she told police. She moved to 708 Second Ave. S.E. The McCalls no longer lived with her, but they still had possession of the car. She said she asked them several times to return it, but they did not.

The McCalls were living with a family friend in the 600 block of 26th Avenue Southeast. On April 15, they were told to leave that residence; they did so, and Kearce and her son moved in.

The family friend told officers the McCalls had had the Impala while staying with her, and she said she witnessed Kearce trying to contact the McCalls about the vehicle after they moved out.

Kearce told officers she had been receiving calls from a collection company stating that no payments had been made on the vehicle and her account with them is past due $790. She said she cannot afford to make the car payments on her own.

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