CLINTON — Authorities in Sampson County have recovered nearly $400,000 in stolen property they say appears to be cargo taken in tractor-trailer thefts. Newton Grove warehouse where stolen goods were located.
Working with Johnston County investigators, detectives from the Sampson County Sheriff's Department found the loot in a warehouse near Newton Grove and three other locations around the county.
The warehouses contained everything from a wood chipper and a farm tractor to sets of luggage and Brazillian mahogany.
Some of the items came from as far away as Texas and Arkansas and included a trailer stuffed with cargo from WalMart. Authorities said they weren't sure if they had uncovered an interstate crime ring, but they do have several local suspects who were sophisticated enough to change the vehicle identification numbers on stolen trucks.
Detectives also found a 45-caliber pistol and a small amount of drugs, but don't think they play a big role in the thefts. There have been no arrests, but investigators say they expect some in the next few days.