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Durham man wanted for illegally towing, selling older cars

Posted June 11, 2013

— Durham County sheriff's investigators are searching for a 23-year-old man who they say has stolen at least 10 cars in recent weeks by having them towed from local homes without the vehicle owner's knowledge or permission. 

Terryon Lamont Mceachin, of 2307 Kristy Place, Durham, is charged with multiple counts of obtaining property by false pretense and larceny of a motor vehicle. 

According to investigators, Mceachin scouted Durham neighborhoods looking for older model cars in driveways. He spoke with homeowners about the possibility of buying vehicles, and then returned with a hired tow truck. 

Instead of paying car owners, he allegedly towed the vehicles to local salvage yards, where he has sold them for cash. Investigators do not believe the tow truck companies Mceachin hired are complicit in the thefts. 

Salvage yards and metal recycle companies may purchase vehicles in North Carolina without a certificate of title if the vehicle is more than 10 years old, but they must keep numerous records for those types of purchases. 

Records linked Mceachin to the recent string of thefts, investigators said. Mceachin is also wanted to unrelated warrants for identity theft, fraud, larceny by an employee and breaking and entering. 

Anyone with information about Mceachin's whereabouts should call the Durham County Sheriff's Office tip line at 919-560-0940 or Durham Crime Stoppers 919-683-1200. 

Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases, and callers never have to identify themselves.


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  • newwake Jun 14, 2013

    There is actually quite a bit of info that is recorded by a legitimate secondary metals recycler, including photo ID and a statemnt that they are the legal owner of the vehicle. This is required by any secondary metals recycler who purchases a vehicle over 10 years old. Within 10 years requires a title. To say L.E. doesnt care is a little harsh dont you think? It is checked but not frequently enough to catch it in the act. Like most agencies who are required to do "more with less", the time needed to perform these duties does not exist, so it has to be handled on a complaint basis only. Doesn't mean L.E. doesn't care.

  • Rebelyell Jun 12, 2013

    Call him dumb but if someone would pull the records for the last two years, and audit the salvage yard for id numbers, you would find many more 'possible' stolen autos. He probably knows others that told him how to do it. Steal a car from druggers, illegals, or old folks and it's usually not reported. Salvage yards and pawn shops are just as guilty as the thieves, law enforcement doesn't give a rat's rump about this.

  • publicassistance Jun 12, 2013

    "I'm glad he's started his own 'cash for clunkers' program." -
    Obamacare for life

    LOL!!!!!! Best comment of the day!!!

    Yes, he was following the lead of his exalted leader in the Big House....

  • publicassistance Jun 12, 2013

    "Mceachin is also wanted to unrelated warrants for identity theft, fraud, larceny by an employee and breaking and entering."

    Wow, the man has been busy. Why was he left to continue his crime spree unmolested? Do we not serve criminal warrants anymore?

  • ecoley2 Jun 11, 2013

    I had three auto's stolen and the suspect who had the vehicles crush was in jail for another crime. The guy was never prosecuted! So the law does nothing for the victim! The law sucks!!! Whoever came up with the ideal of not showing proof of ownership is just as responsible as the theft!!

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  • philipw Jun 11, 2013

    Ask your General Assembly to require a title to go with the vehicle being bought by the junkyard. Cars bring $9.00 per hundredweight and this is easy money. There is no way to know which junkyard got your car under the current law.

  • jayb8408 Jun 11, 2013

    This is the kind of thing you read and automatically start shaking your head and mumbling, "you have got to be kidding me dude".. I mean seriously, how did he think this would be something he could get away with? It's just dumb. Imagine the hoops he jumped through to pull this off... Now imagine he took that same energy and put it to getting a real job... Amazing

  • Terkel Jun 11, 2013

    So pedrsdad, so read the story.

  • eaglesitsatopmountain Jun 11, 2013

    How can a vehicle be sold/bought without a Title in hand???