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Posted at 08:52 AM ET, 12/13/2011

Four arrested in inter-state tire and rim theft operation

Four Washington area men have been arrested in connection with an organized theft ring that targeted tires, rims and cars throughout Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania, Prince George’s County police announced Monday.

Gerald Jermaine Pearson, 26, of Oxon Hill; Devon Lamont Ratcliff, 20, of Waldorf; Antwan David McClam, 20, of Northeast D.C.; and Delonta Deangelo Daniels, 23, of Upper Marlboro, are facing various charges related to thefts that occurred earlier this year.

The investigation into the thefts began in August, when Prince George’s County police received reports that tires and rims were being stolen from local new car dealerships.

On Aug. 4, investigators received information that the four suspects were on their way to Prince George’s County with stolen tires and rims from a car dealership in Pennsylvania.

The following day, police arrested Pearson, Ratcliff and McClam after they unloaded the stolen goods into a storage unit on Old Alexander Ferry Road in Clinton.

Daniels fled the area, but police arrested him on Nov. 3.

Police said stolen tires and rims, as well as four stolen vehicles, worth thousands of dollars, were found in the suspects’ storage unit.

Anyone with additional information about the suspects or the case can call 301-699-2666, text PGPD plus a message to CRIMES (274637), or submit a tip online.

By  |  08:52 AM ET, 12/13/2011

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