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More Charges Filed in Car Theft, Salvage Scheme

Posted February 21, 2008 2:19 p.m. EST
Updated February 21, 2008 2:20 p.m. EST

— Cumberland County authorities filed more charges Thursday against a Sampson County man accused of stealing and reselling cars.

Douglas Johnson McGee III, 27, of 1354 Bowden Road in Turkey, was arrested Tuesday on three counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and three counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Before he appeared in court, investigators filed similar charges in a fourth case.

Authorities said McGee towed broken-down vehicles from along Interstate 95 and N.C. Highway 24 and sold them as scrap metal to a nearby salvage yard.

Investigators said they believe more than a dozen cars were stolen in the scheme, and more charges are likely.