Taylor misled Investigators about his location and refused to come to the car lot. A deputy spotted him on I-59 and initiated a traffic stop. Taylor was taken into custody. The passenger in his vehicle, identified as Miranda Hayes, 31 of Laurel, was found to be in possession of a controlled substance and was charged with this misdemeanor.
As a result of the search warrant, Investigators uncovered a significant pattern of fraudulent activity related to Southeastern Auto Sales, LLC business. During the overnight hours, additional information was provided to have an additional search warrant executed. As a result, Casey Pitts, an employee, 33 of Laurel, was also taken into custody and charged with False Pretense.
This is a complex case and discovering multiple victims is anticipated, including individuals and financial institutions. Sheriff Alex Hodge asks for patience as victims are identified. The Jones County Sheriff’s Department has requested the assistance of state and federal agencies and awaiting their response.
If you have purchased a vehicle from Southeastern Auto Sales, LLC in Laurel and have not received your title, you should contact your local tag office to find if the vehicle has a lien of which you are unaware.
Taylor and Pitts’ initial appearances are scheduled for August 12, at 5 p.m. at Jones County Justice Court.