Neighbors in South Memphis help Greenville dealership find stolen truck

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis police say a car thief from another state is off the streets thanks to some neighbors who decided to get involved.

Police arrested Demone Johnson Thursday night after he tried to sell a stolen truck on Farrow Street in South Memphis.

A woman on Farrow called police and told them she saw a man driving around her house trying to sell a truck and knew something was wrong.

The woman’s boyfriend wasn’t home when it happened, but is glad his girlfriend called police.

“We try to look out. We got nice neighbors who look out for each other,” said Mike Dean.

Police say the 2009 Chevrolet Silverado Johnson was trying to sell was stolen from a car dealership in Greenville, Miss., which is about three hours south of Memphis.

People who work at the dealership said the truck was being serviced when it disappeared.

The manager of Oakes Auto Group said Johnson didn’t work at the dealership and apparently just took it off the lot.

Johnson has been charged with theft of property.

4 comments

  • Don

    One should check the VIN # to check if a vehicle to see it is stolen before buying, if not if you don’t you may be charged also.
    I would check any serial # on anything else you are thinking about buying from someone you don’t know.
    Who knows you might come up with a reward.
    Any law enforcement can check for you. Oh by the way, don’t dial 911, they don’t have that info.

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