More stolen property charges leveled
Seven more felonies lodged against Sampson man
Sherry Matthews Editor
More stolen property charges have been lodged against a 56-year-old Sampson County man first jailed in 2012 on felony charges stemming from a months-long stolen equipment investigation that originated in Johnston County.
Earlier in the week, Sampson County sheriff’s officers leveled seven more felony possessing/concealing stolen property charges against Moses Gregg King of 3130 Preacher Henry Road, Faison.
According to Cpl. Marcus Smith, the warrants served on King stemmed from the ongoing stolen property investigation.
“Through that investigation,” Smith noted, “more stolen property was discovered to be related to the 2012 investigation and, as a result, he was charged.”
The probe, Smith said, was continuing and more charges could be leveled.
King was first taken into custody in May 2012 after investigators with the Sampson Sheriff’s Office, the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office and the N.C. Department of Motor Vehicles’ License and Theft Bureau executed a search warrant at his residence.
At that time, he was charged with one count of possession of stolen goods; one count of delivering/accepting a blank /open title; and 27 counts of altering serial numbers.
According to 2012 reports from the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office, a search was conducted of the Preacher Henry Road residence and investigators seized over $200,000 in property, including nine pieces of equipment: a Trailer Corporation dolly; a Link Belt Track-hoe; a PJ gooseneck trailer; a Caterpillar engine; and E-Z Go golf-cart, to name a few. Four of the pieces of equipment were missing Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN) plates, four pieces had altered/fictitious VIN plates, and one piece of equipment was stolen. Equipment for altering or manufacturing fictitious VIN plates was also seized in addition to multiple fictitious VIN plates and blank N.C. Department of Motor Vehicle titles.
King was identified as the owner of the property and was immediately arrested and jailed under a $300,000 bond.
Earlier this week, King was taken back into custody and placed under a $25,000 unsecured bond for the additional charges. He was not jailed.
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