A man suspected of playing a role in a years-long chop shop operation was arrested July 24 in Clayton.
Lamont Andre McKoy, 41, of Fremont is suspected of stealing and scrapping trucks from businesses in Clayton and other towns across the state in 2013 and 2014.
After two trucks were stolen from Source Recycling in 2013, Clayton Police Detective Brian Temple started an investigation that eventually helped locate 14 stolen trucks and vehicle parts in Youngsville in the spring of 2014. McKoy and three other men were arrested.
Last week, McKoy didn’t go unnoticed when he walked into Source Recycling trying to sell a truck trailer, said town spokeswoman Stacy Beard.
The manager of Source Recycling called police and said he recognized McKoy as one of the suspects from the 2013 truck thefts from his business, Beard said.
Temple responded and found out the $8,000 trailer had been stolen from South Carolina earlier that morning. McKoy was charged with possessing stolen property and trying to obtain property by false pretense.
He was jailed under a $1 million secured bond.
McKoy was charged recently in Sampson County with operating an illegal chop shop. He was out on bond at the time of his arrest, Beard said.