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Man arrested for scamming Savannah Army veteran

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

A joint investigation by The U.S. Marshals Service and Southside Precinct detectives from the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department has led to the arrest of a man charged with scamming a Savannah Army veteran after a nationwide search.

Brent Mymo, was arrested Wednesday in Colusa, CA, after a search that stretched from Savannah to North Carolina to California.

Mymo, 28, who previously lived in Pembroke at the time, also was sought by the Truetlen County, Liberty County and Bryan County sheriff's offices for violation for parole and the Chatham County Sheriff's Office for theft by taking.

Metro Police had been advised on Dec. 12, by a Fort Stewart soldier that he had purchased from Mymo a red 2013 Chevrolet Impala that turned out to have been leased from an agency. The soldier and his wife had contacted Mymo through a Craig's List ad and purchased the car, withdrawing the money from their savings account.

Mymo had promised to bring the couple the title to the car, but the Chevy disappeared from their residence the morning he was supposed to appear. The car was traced by police to the rental agency where it had been returned.

U.S. Marshals teamed with Metro in the search when it was determined that Mymo had left the area. Marshals determined he was traveling with two associates who were arrested on unrelated charges in Wilmington, NC, where it was discovered Mymo had traveled to California. He was arrested at a prune processing plan where he was employed.

He is being held in the Colusa County jail, pending extradition to Savannah.

Assistant SCMPD Police Chief Terry Enoch said the case exemplifies the cooperative relationship between his department and federal agencies, such as the Marshal's Service, as well as the extent scammers will go through to steal from those who can least afford it.

"We don't always get this lucky with scams," Enoch said. "But it's a good feeling to know that someone who preys on innocent people has been arrested because of the efforts of officers from these two agencies. I congratulate the officers who worked on this case."

Tom Morefield, Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal for the Southern District of Georgia, praised the ongoing relationship between his agency and Metro Police.

"We work diligently on every case," he said, "but there's an additional satisfaction knowing we have apprehended a suspect who would prey on a soldier and his family."

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