Akon’s car recovered after being stolen from a gas station in Atlanta
Police in Forest Park have recovered singer and music producer Akon’s luxury SUV after it was stolen Monday night from a Buckhead gas station.
The Grammy-nominated R&B superstar with hits such as “Right Now” and “Lonely,” whose real name is Aliaume Thiam, told police he left the engine running and was pumping gas at a QuikTrip on Sidney Marcus Boulevard when someone slid into the driver’s seat of his Range Rover.
“He stated that when his tank was almost full he noticed his white Range Rover … pulling off while he was still pumping his gas,” Atlanta police said in an incident report released Tuesday.
Akon told investigators he watched as the SUV made a right onto Sidney Marcus Boulevard and was followed out of the gas station a dark-colored sedan. His account was confirmed surveillance footage, which showed the sedan driving into the gas station at 11:37 p.m. and pulling beside the Range Rover, according to the report.
“Shortly after, you can see the suspect get out of the passenger seat of what looks to be a black four-door BMW sedan, get into the driver’s seat of the victim’s vehicle, and drive off with the black BMW following right behind,” police said in the report.
The singer’s cellphone was still in the SUV when it was stolen. He was able to use a tracking app to track the vehicle to Lawton Street in southwest Atlanta, but it was already gone the time police arrived about 12:15 a.m. He located it again in Forest Park, where it was recovered early Tuesday morning, police spokesman Officer Steve Avery said.