Police: Man stole cars left during Atlanta storm

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ATLANTA (AP) - A 34-year-old man is accused of using a stolen tow truck to take cars that were abandoned in Atlanta during this week’s storm.

Police said Louis Mitchell Jr. was arrested Thursday and charged with auto theft, forgery and other offenses. He was being held in jail. It was unclear whether he had an attorney.

Atlanta Police Sgt. Greg Lyon told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (http://bit.ly/1gz4aKo ) that a police officer saw an unmarked tow truck pulling a car. The truck fled when the officer tried stopping it. The driver and passenger fled the truck during a chase, sending it crashing.

Investigators said the truck was stolen this month. It was pulling a Toyota that was stranded on Interstate 85. The investigation led to police to three other cars taken from highways.

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Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com

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