Clayton Detective Breaks Up Chop-Shop Ring
Fresh off his recognition as the Clayton Police Department Officer of the Year, Detective Brian Temple is being credited for solving a major theft ring that spanned 8 counties. Through his outstanding detective work over more than 4 months, this case netted several arrests and recovered nearly $1 million in stolen trucks and truck parts in an apparent chop-shop enterprise.
This multi-county investigation all began back in the summer right here in Clayton. On August 11, 2013, the Clayton Police Department received a report from the Source Recycling business on the east end of town. Two tractor trailers loaded with more than $90,000 worth of recyclables were stolen from the facility at 440 South Tech Park Lane in Clayton.
Detective Temple began working the case and developed suspect information. Then he began contacting countless recycling facilities and was able to learn information that took his Clayton case more than 150 miles away in Statesville. As Detective Temple gained more information he determined that the thieves may have been scrapping the stolen property in Youngsville.
Detective Temple alerted the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office who assisted the Clayton Police Department Investigative Services Division in Youngsville last week, where 14 stolen trucks and additional truck parts were located- items that were valued at nearly $1 million. Franklin County deputies were able to arrest two men and now the Clayton Police Department has taken out a warrant for another man suspected of stealing the items here in Clayton. Lamont Andre McKoy of 588 Pinkney Church Road in Freemont, NC is wanted for 2 counts of felony larceny, 2 counts of felony larceny of motor vehicle and 1 count of injury to property/non-Ferris metal.
Detective Temple appreciates the work of numerous law enforcement agencies in our state for their assistance. More charges are expected.