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Clayton police bust eight-county chop-shop theft ring

Posted January 28, 2014

Clayton police's cop of the year is being credited with solving a chop-shop theft ring spanning eight counties. Now police are looking for Lamont Andre McKoy in connection with the ring.

— 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.


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  • BeastieBoy Jan 30, 2014

    This is entertaining reading and is a story with substance but it can't hold a candle to the criminal activity goings on within local area pawn shops. Talk about organized (legalized) crime! They market the (knowingly) stolen goods they purchase for a song at prices that, in most cases, exceed retail values. What a joke!
    Went into Arrow Pawn and Jewelry a couple of years ago and saw tools belonging to the company I work for with the name still intact and in full view. Tools, by the way, we would never sell. When I inquired about getting the property back, they offered to sell it to me at a discount. What's even worse is the local PD know who sold it to the pawn shop and didn't lift a finger to help. Way to go LEO's in that jurisdiction!

  • anonemoose Jan 29, 2014

    WAY TO GO BRIAN!!!!! I guess the ATL trailer almost made it back home?