Home Depot generator thief captured after Fayetteville car chase

Kariem Bey Yungai. Photo/Fayette County Jail.
Kariem Bey Yungai. Photo/Fayette County Jail.

A Rex man is in custody on multiple charges after shoplifting, fleeing the scene and being tracked to a wooded area in a nearby residential neighborhood.

Kariem Bey Yungai, 45, of Rex, was charged with felony shoplifting, theft by receiving stolen property in another state and felony fleeing or attempting to elude, according to Fayetteville Police Department spokesperson Ann Marie Burdett. 

Burdett said officers on Sept. 1, at approximately 10:15 a.m. were dispatched to the Home Depot store at the Fayette Pavilion in reference to a shoplifting call.

“Fayette County Communications E-911 Dispatcher informed Fayetteville police that a Loss Prevention Officer for Home Depot advised them a black male subject wearing a blue shirt and blue jeans was attempting to take a generator without paying for it by passing all points of sale,” Burdett said.

The dispatcher also told police the man was getting into a black BMW, Burdett said, adding that police obtained a visual of the subject in the Home Depot parking lot and gave verbal commands for the male subject to stop, but he continued to drive past the officer.

“The officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle, but the subject evaded police apprehension by driving at a high rate of speed into a residential area,” Burdett said. “The subject parked his vehicle in the back of a home located in the Pine Trail community. A witness told police the subject went to the rear of the car before abandoning the vehicle and fleeing to the nearby wood line.”

Burdett said officers subsequently set up a perimeter, while Fayetteville Police officers, a Fayetteville K-9 tracker and a Fayette County Sheriff’s deputy pursued the subject on foot into the wood line area where the subject fled.

Yungai was located and placed under arrest. His vehicle was impounded and a search of the vehicle resulted in the recovery of a firearm which had been stolen in South Carolina, Burdett noted.


  1. I’ve lived in 3 parts of the ATL Metro area over almost 70 years and once the demographics tip you may have to move on….it can be slowed with strict law enforcement and code enforcement….someone should investigate the number of rental houses now in PTC that are owned by large, unresponsive, LLC’s.

  2. It is clear that the Fulton and Clayton County CRIME WAVE is slowly but surely making its nefarious way down Georgia Highway 85 and has been for some years now. Fayette County clearly needs to concentrate MASSIVE LAW ENFORCEMENT ASSETS along that CORRIDOR OF CRIMINALITY! I just Hope and Pray that we are not so CURSED and CONDEMNED to have the same patterns of criminal misbehavior come marching down Georgia Highway 74 as well. The average, law abiding citizens living in those relatively ‘pristine’ areas might then be obliged to take the resolution of these matters into their own hands. Take good note BongQueesha Quilolo and Marcus Dontavious – we ain’t playin rong here FOOS!