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Suspect in Alleged Theft Ring Didn't Know Cars Were Stolen

Posted November 16, 2007

— One of three women charged in connection with an alleged car-theft ring that spanned four counties said Friday she did not know the cars were stolen.

Lakia Lashell McLeod, 28, of 7041 Pine Road, said she paid $8,000 for a 2007 Nissan 350Z – one of two vehicles she is charged with allegedly stealing.

"We were told they were salvaged cars," she said. "That's what we were told."

Police said the 350Z was new. It was one of seven vehicles reported stolen from October 2006 to September 2007 from car dealerships in Smithfield, Fayetteville, Apex, Raleigh and Southern. Together, the property is worth an estimated $200,000, police said.

"Had we known that, I'm fairly – very sure – we would not have purchased a stolen car," McLeod said.

McLeod, Amendrius Elizabeth McRae and Indira Blue Butler – each face at least one count of felony possession a motor vehicle.

McRae, 26, of 1024 Bent Pine Circle, also faces a charge of driving while license revoked. Butler, 41, of 1316 Glen Court, faces an additional count of felony possession of a motor vehicle, as well as one count of failure to stop for a blue light and siren, felony eluding arrest, and careless and reckless driving.

And McLeod, who said she is training to be a teacher, also faces an additional counts of felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

Police received a tip that the suspects were driving the stolen vehicles, which include a 2003 Lexus, a 2006 Chrysler 300 and a 2004 Nissan Maxima.

McLeod, who was out of jail on a $4,000 bond, insists she did nothing wrong. She said she knows the individual who sold them the vehicles but she would not say who it was.

"I'm not gonna rat out anyone or snitch on anyone," she said. "I was in possession. I'll take my charge."

McRae was also out of jail Friday on a $5,000 secured bond. Butler was still in the Lee County Jail Friday under a $10,000 secured bond.


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  • richard2 Nov 18, 2007

    Sisters gone wild!

  • Derrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr Nov 17, 2007

    Almost forgot, the other two that were charged are on probation for fraud and possessing stolen property. Fathom that huh? It's a shame that these dishonest people who stole the cars sold them to three convicted criminals. Hmmmmm, what are the chances?

  • Derrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr Nov 17, 2007

    Lessseeeee, with three prior convictions (worthless check, damage to property, felony inflicting wound on self...whatever that is) I doubt McLeod will be teaching anyone anytime soon.

  • Leatherneck Nov 17, 2007

    If she knows who stole the car, but thought she was buying a salvage car, shouldn't she WANT to rat him out? Tough to buy that story. And if she takes that charge, she won't be training to be a teacher much longer.
    That being said, they WEREN'T accused of actually stealing the cars, just possessing them. If they're smart, or honest (neither of which I believe) they'll agree to testify and get their charges dropped/reduced.

  • Dido Nov 17, 2007

    "Had we known that, I'm fairly – very sure – we would not have purchased a stolen car," McLeod said. LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • eric52272 Nov 17, 2007

    yeah right...LOL

  • 1Moms_View Nov 17, 2007

    If what is reported in the media is correct, she's not an education major, but English major. Hopefully, she'll never see the inside of a classroom unless it's a prison one.

    "Mc Leod, who is a junior studying English at North Carolina Central University in Durham"

    She doesn't think she's guilty, but was arrested while driving with no license and driving a stolen car with tags assigned to another vehicle. hmmm yeah keep trying to convince someone with actual intelligence you're not guilty. Time to grow up and take responsibility. BTW, schools now are required to teach character education. She obviously couldn't teach that since she has no character, based on her own thieving thuglike actions.

  • skypilot-not Nov 17, 2007

    yeah right and Santa Claus is fake too huh

  • 1Moms_View Nov 17, 2007

    I seriously doubt this idiot is a student in any valid teacher education program. I certainly wouldn't want the likes of her joining our profession. Nor would I want her educating my child.

    What a bunch of losers. In the Sanford paper, one of them is quoted as saying, “If they’re going to arrest us, they should arrest half of Sanford.” Well, maybe HER end of Sanford, but not the area I was raised in before leaving. They really must think people are stupid to believe their story about buying the cars. They should have been left sitting in a cell wearing those orange jumpsuits instead of getting out so cheaply. Instead, now the other two can go collect the 3rd ones welfare check on the first from her mailbox and bail her out. Why not cancel that check now?

  • rabidpro Nov 17, 2007

    Hmmmmmm..... I think she's training at the University in Durham that recruits gang bangers from the NY & DC areas!!!! Upon 'Graduation', she should be most qualified to teach in the SE Raleigh or Durham City Schools!!!!