Stolen car's owner helps Conyers police nab suspect

CONYERS -- While at a restaurant on West Avenue about 10:30 a.m. Friday, a woman spotted her stolen gold Honda Accord leaving the Piggly Wiggly. She and her daughter called 911 and then proceeded to follow the vehicle.

Officers from the Conyers Police Department soon joined in the chase and pulled the vehicle over on Sigman Road near Conyers Middle School.

When all was said and done, the driver of the vehicle was arrested in connection with the theft, traffic violations and multiple drug charges, and the vehicle was returned to the woman who chased it down.

Edward Dewey Simmons Jr., 46, of 895 North Ridge Drive, was arrested and charged with theft by receiving stolen property, acquiring a license plate for purpose of concealing the identity of a vehicle, sale, distribution, possession of dangerous drugs, possession of Schedule II controlled substance, operating motor vehicle while license is suspended or revoked, possession of Schedule I controlled substance, possession and use of drug-related objects, receipt, possession or transfer of firearm.

According to the CPD incident report, Simmons first told officers that a friend had told him he could use the car, but was unable to provide a full identity and contact information on the individual, saying he had allowed him to stay with him at Motel 6 in exchange for drugs and that he "bounced around a lot." When asked if he suspected the car was stolen, he replied, "Yes, a little because (the friend) always had different cars."

In searching the vehicle, officers found 16 hypodermic syringes, two of which contained a clear liquid and additional clear liquid was located inside the cooler, the incident report states. Testing proved this clear liquid to be methamphetamine. Additional drug paraphernalia was also discovered inside the cooler and in other areas of the vehicle, including digital scales. When the suspect was searched, a small amount of suspected marijuana was also located.

The incident report states officers also found ammunition for a .38-caliber gun. Additionally, the tag on the stolen vehicle was found to belong to a different car.

The woman told officers her car was stolen Feb. 28 from a garage on Old Covington Highway where she had taken it for repairs. It had been reported to the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office and was listed on GCIC. She said when she spotted the car, she knew it was hers because there was tape on the passenger side headlight and two black marks on the rear bumper.

The vehicle was returned to her at the scene.