An arrest has been made in connection with a “chop shop” operation seized in southern Sampson County at the beginning of this month, with another suspect now sought.
Lamont Andre McKoy, 41, of 588 Pinkney Church Road, Raleigh, was located Monday by the Raleigh Police Department and arrested on outstanding warrants from Sampson County. Sheriff’s Office investigators had identified McKoy as a suspect in the “chop shop” operation discovered July 1 on Cannady Road.
McKoy has now been charged with six counts of possession of stolen motor vehicle, as well as charges of felony chop shop activity and felony conspiracy. He was placed in the Sampson County Detention Center under a $250,000 bond. On Wednesday, he received an additional count of larceny of motor vehicle and two additional counts of possession of stolen motor vehicle, for an additional bond of $25,000.
Investigators are also looking for Shawn Martez McKoy of Raleigh in connection with the “chop shop” operation and seeking any information on his whereabouts.
According to court records available through the N.C. Department of Public Safety, McKoy has a laundry list of previous convictions spanning 20 years, from 1990-2010, in Johnston, Rowan, Wake and Harnett counties. The convictions include numerous offenses of felony breaking and entering, larceny and receiving stolen goods, as well as receiving stolen vehicles.
Investigators from the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous tip July 1 regarding the chop shop operation on Cannady Road, located between Garland and Harrells. Cannady Road extends north to south, connecting N.C. 41 and N.C. 411. There in the wooded area, investigators discovered an 18-wheeler, a Ford pickup truck, an International fuel truck, three 18-wheeler frames and several trailer frames.
In essence, a chop shop is a place where stolen vehicles are dismantled so the parts can be sold or re-used to repair other stolen vehicles. Sheriff’s investigators processed the crime scene in an attempt to identify what was deemed “an enormous amount” of stolen heavy equipment, receiving assistance from the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles Enforcement.
In the wake of the chop shop’s discovery, sheriff’s authorities worked to identify the suspects who attempted to conceal stolen items in the wooded area, ultimately leading them to McKoy. Now they are searching for another McKoy.
Anyone with information concerning the “chop shop” operation or Shawn Martez McKoy is encouraged to contact the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office at 910-592-4141.
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