Ameen Jones cruised neighborhoods looking for run down cars and would call a recycling company to come pick them up, according to police. Once the car was picked up, Jones would collect payment for the scrap metal.
Of course, you probably don’t need to be told that none of this was done with the consent of the people who actually owned the cars.
The recycling company eventually notified the police after “noticing a pattern that seemed like something illegal was going on,” CBS Atlanta reports.
“It was very good of them to notify us of this,” an Atlanta officer told the Georgia Daily News. “They saw his pattern in the past and when they were contacted by him again they immediately realized something wasn’t right with this and they contacted us.”
But how did Jones manage to get away with these scheme for so long?
“Police say the reason he got away with this in the past is that if a vehicle is 12 years or older then you do not need a title to sell it to a scrap yard,” the CBS report adds.
Watch the Fox Atlanta report:
Jones was finally caught near the home of Marilyn Morris, a would-be victim of his recycling scheme.
"They work but I still don't have the money to have them fixed," said Morris. "I know everybody has hard times but being greedy don't help you…Bad as I need some money, if anyone was going to sell them, it would be me."
Jones is in custody and could be facing felony charges.
(H/T: CBS Atlanta)
This story has been updated.