Cops: Auto Restoration Owner Takes Cash and Escapes | Local News
Boneyard Restoration and Customs gained a great reputation among vintage car enthusiasts, and the owner of the business was a much sought after man.
But for all the wrong reasons.
Police finally caught up with Jimmy Richard May II on Wednesday morning, records show. Brunswick police arrested him on nine counts of theft by conversion. May 28, remained at the Glynn County Detention Center Thursday, held on bail between $6,958 and $20,458 on each count, according to jail records.
May was picked up by Georgia State Patrol troopers after a traffic stop Wednesday and turned over to Brunswick police, said Lt. Jose Galdamez, commander of the city’s police department investigative division. Brunswick police had been investigating May since at least April last year, but her troubles with the law and with disgruntled customers had already begun by then, records show.
May was arrested by county sheriff’s deputies in March 2021 on felony theft warrants filed by individuals in Glynn County Magistrate’s Court. And Brunswick police were building a new case in May based on yet more allegations of fraud and theft when he posted bond two months later, records show.
In at least one of those instances, May allegedly sold a 1967 Pontiac GTO that was in his custody for restoration work, Galdamez said.
“He’s on the run,” Galdamez said of May.
May previously operated Boneyard Restoration and Customs at 2717 Carrie St. in Brunswick.
A man claims May stole a 1966 Chevy G-10 pickup truck worth $20,000. Another arrest warrant filed in March 2021 alleges that May pocketed a check for $9,249.95, for which he was supposed to perform work on a 1954 Chevy 210. May also allegedly took the 1954 Chevy 210, according to the mandate.
Another warrant filed in March 2021 alleges May took $37,000 up front for work on a 1969 Plymouth Road Runner.
May was arrested on those warrants on March 30, 2021, incarcerated in the county jail on one count of theft by kidnapping, theft by conversion, and theft by deception.
The Brunswick Police Department’s investigation began the following month based on several more theft allegations in May. A man told police May had come to his home in Metter to pick up a 67 GTO which he was going to do restoration work on at his Brunswick shop.
It was December 2018. The man had not seen the GTO since, and May could not be reached, he told Brunswick police.
It was one of several other complaints that Brunswick police based their case on, the report said.
However, May posted $24,058 bond on May 19, 2021 and was released from jail. But for a traffic check on Wednesday, he could still be free.
“There were so many people he took advantage of,” Galdamez said. “But people were just giving him money left and right.”