CUMMING, Ga. — Two men were attempting to steal parts of used Volkswagens, according to a Forsyth County Sheriff’s report.
Mitchell Fields, 22, of Atlanta, and Brandon Magar, 25, of Cumming, were arrested and each charged with criminal attempt to commit a felony, possession of tools for commission of a crime and loitering and prowling.
At 8 p.m. Dec. 17, a man in the 5100 block of Dahlonega Highway told deputies he saw two men walk onto his neighbor’s property that has many cars parked on it. The man said he knew his neighbor wasn’t there and no one had permission to be on the property.
While the deputy and the man talked, they heard someone walking toward them. Fields emerged from the property and told the deputy he was just admiring the Volkswagens on the property.
According to the report, Fields was wearing dark camouflage clothing and carrying a flashlight.
Fields told the deputy Magar was still out in the property. The deputy yelled for Magar to come out of the woods.
When Magar emerged, also wearing camouflage clothing, he told the deputy a friend had contacted the property owner and asked to buy some of the car parts, but the owner didn’t want to sell.
Magar told the deputy, “it hurt his soul,” to see the cars rot, so he and Fields were going to attempt to take parts from them, according to the report.
Magar led the deputy to the old cars on the property and showed him the tire wrench and car jack they were going to use to take the tires. A machete, socket wrench and head lamp were also found in the alleged perpetrators’ 1984 Volkswagen Rabbit.
Fields and Magar were taken to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s detention center. They were both released on bond are scheduled to appear in Superior Court on Jan. 2.