Authorities in Rabun County arrested a Franklin man Friday night on multiple charges stemming from the theft of a motor vehicle.
At approximately 10:15 p.m., 27- year-old Steven Gerald Knight, of Conley Street, was arrested on Dunlap Street in Clayton, Georgia. Knight was charged with theft by bringing stolen property, theft by taking and failure to appear in court.
Knight’s apprehension stemmed from an incident reported earlier that day, when Franklin Police Department officer Christy Evans responded to a call referencing vandalism at Franklin Ford on US 441 North. According to her report, a concrete entrance post had been found lying in the parking lot of the business, along with other items.
“It appeared that someone had taken the chain located around the gate, which was attached to the concrete post and hooked on to it, pulling it up from the ground so the gate could be opened,” read Evans’ report. “There were various drag marks and a novelty license plate laying on the ground which had ‘Victory Baptist Church’ written on it.”
After checking inventory during the initial investigation, dealership officials were able to determine that the license plate belonged to a 2005 Ford F-150 Crew Cab that had been parked in the service area of the business. The truck was estimated to be worth $23,000.
Friday’s auto theft was not a first for Knight, who was arrested on May 11 and issued a fugitive warrant for motor vehicle theft.
In Franklin, Knight has been charged with larceny, breaking and entering and injury to personal property by the Franklin Police Department. After the truck was found, it was determined that it sustained minor damage, presumably from when it damaged Franklin Ford’s gate, explained FPD detective Mark Foster.
Knight is currently still in Rabun County custody and is being held on an $11,210 secured bond.