Clayton police bust eight-county chop-shop theft ring
Posted January 28, 2014
Clayton, N.C. — Clayton police’s officer of the year is being credited with solving a chop-shop theft ring spanning eight counties.
Now, authorities are looking for a man believed to be a part of the ring.
The investigation started when two tractor-trailers with more than $90,000 worth of recyclables were stolen from Source Recycling Business on South Tech Park Lane in August.
Contacting other recycling facilities led Clayton Police Department Detective Brian Temple to Statesville – more than 150 miles away. Temple later determined the thieves may have scrapped the stolen property in Youngsville.
Temple, along with Franklin County deputies, found 14 stolen trucks and truck parts – valued at nearly $1 million – in Youngsville last week. Deputies arrested two men, but police are searching for a man they believe stole the items in Clayton.
Officers took out a warrant on Lamont Andre McKoy, of 588 Pinkney Church Road in Fremont, for two counts of felony larceny, two counts of felony larceny of motor vehicle and one count of injury to property/non-ferrous metal.
More charges are expected in the case, authorities said.