Equipment Rental Scam nets Arrests

| December 23, 2015


VALDOSTA — Valdosta Police have arrested suspects in connection with the theft of rental equipment worth over $40,000.

In November, Bobby Richardson, 46, and Terrez Ellis, 39, rented a forklift, a trench digger, and a generator from a local rental company. That same month, Ellis reported that the items he rented had been stolen from a residence in Valdosta.

During the police investigation into the theft, it was discovered that the forklift was delivered to a house associated with another suspect, Desmond Andrews, 37 of Douglas. It was also discovered that these three men had been renting equipment from several other cities in Georgia and Florida, later reporting the items stolen.

As of this report, none of the equipment rented in Valdosta has been recovered, as it appears the items were sold by the suspects. The value of the equipment is valued at over $40,000.00.

This month, Arrest Warrants were obtained against Ellis for Theft by Conversion (Felony) and False Report of a Crime. Arrest Warrants were also obtained against Richardson and Andrews for Theft by Conversion (Felony).

The Valdosta Police Department is working with various law enforcement agencies in Georgia and Florida in an attempt to recover the stolen property.

If anyone has any information regarding the whereabouts of these three offenders or the location of the stolen equipment, they are asked to contact Detective Ellen Mulvaney at 229-293-3145.

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