According to the Fort Oglethorpe Police Department:
Darien Blake Clay, 19, of Oglethorpe Ridge Lane in Fort Oglethorpe was arrested on Tuesday, Sept. 18 on a charge of theft by receiving stolen property.
Clay remains in the Catoosa County jail after being sentenced to serve 15 days for violation of his parole.
On Monday, Oct. 3, Clay's sentence will be up and he will be eligible for release, with a bond set at $5,000 for the theft charge.
On Tuesday, Sept. 4, a concerned citizen called the Fort Oglethorpe Police Department in regards to what he believed to be suspicious activity stemming from a Craigslist ad he had recently called.
The man told police he called a number advertising a Yamaha Zuma Scooter for sale, and that he became skeptical about the sale.
"At approximately 3:23 p.m. on Sept. 4, detective Tammy Davis and I contacted the suspect (Clay) by the telephone number posted on the Craigslist ad," said detective Sgt. Keith Sewell. "I spoke with the gentleman on the phone who advised me that the scooter was for sale for $800, but would sell it for less if I came right away to buy it."
Sewell says that he and Clay then made arrangements to meet for the sale, and that Clay sent text message pictures of the scooter prior to meeting, reports show.
Detectives Sewell and Davis then met with Clay in the breezeway of the 400 building of Oglethorpe Ridge Apartments.
"When asked about the scooter, Mr. Clay advised that it was his brother's," Sewell said. "He later admitted to being the individual that I was speaking to on the phone and exchanging text messages with. When questioned about where the scooter came from, Mr. Clay stated that his brother and his brother's friend had stolen the scooter from a white male at an apartment complex in Chattanooga, Tenn."
Clay then admitted to detectives that he was the one who placed the Craigslist ad with intentions of selling the scooter for his brother, reports show.
"Mr. Clay could not advise me of who the registered owner of the scooter was, and asked several times how we knew that the scooter was stolen by looking at the Craigslist ad," Sewell said.
Catoosa County dispatch checked the vehicle information through the National Crime Information Center (NCIC), but the vehicle had not yet been reported stolen.
Attempts were then made to identify the owner of the vehicle, reports show.
Clay was then placed under arrest and booked in Catoosa County jail exactly two weeks later on Sept. 18.
"We had to locate the owner of the scooter in Chattanooga, and then charges were taken and Mr. Clay was arrested," Sewell said.
The estimated value of the stolen scooter was $1,195.