Police are looking for the person who hopped into Queen Latifah’s Mercedes-Benz and drove away as the actress’ associate filled up the luxury vehicle at a south Fulton County gas station.
The incident occurred just before 9:20 p.m. Dec. 20 at a Shell station on Fulton Industrial Boulevard, Fulton police spokeswoman Cpl. Maureen Smith said.
About that time, a white BMW pulled beside Queen Latifah’s 2015 Mercedes-Benz S63. Someone got out of the BMW and jumped into the Mercedes as the associate, Keith Sheppard, was pumping gas. Queen Latifah, who is in Lee Daniels’ new Atlanta-produced show “Star,” was not in the car at the time.
Police later found the Mercedes at a Mechanicsville apartment complex in the 500 block of McDaniel Street. The only damage was to a rear rim.
And someone left behind lemonade and fruit punch bottles in the car, according to a Fulton police report.
Authorities recovered a contract inside the car that Queen Latifah, whose real name is Dana Owens, told them she needed.
Security guards at the apartment told police they saw three men near the Mercedes as well as a white BMW and a Dodge Charger. Officials are reviewing apartment surveillance video.
Stolen cars and carjackings at south Fulton gas stations have been in the news in recent days after another high-profile figure, retired Fulton Superior Court Judge Marvin Arrington Sr., was the victim of one at a BP station on Cascade Road, just off I-285.
Just before 9:20 p.m. Dec. 23, Arrington parked his 2016 Infiniti Q60 at a pump, exited the car and saw a man in a red hoodie open the passenger-side door and jump in his vehicle, he told police. The man took the Infiniti and headed north on Research Center Atlanta Drive. A black Dodge Charger followed him, according to a police report.
Arrington’s son, Fulton Commissioner Marvin Arrington Jr., said people are “under attack” and has urged his colleagues on the board to deny liquor licenses at gas stations and other businesses where crime is on the rise.
Smith, the Fulton police spokeswoman, said part of the problem is people leaving their cars unlocked with the key in the ignition.
“It’s really a crime of opportunity,” she said.
No arrests have been made in any of the incidents.