Deputies placed two men behind bars Monday for stealing two trucks and a trailer earlier this month from an eastern Lincoln County residence, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Thomas Adam Vandiver, 23, of 840 Alexis High Shoals Road in Dallas, and Terry Eugene Russell, II, 25, of 6486 Forney Hill Road in Denver, face one felony count each of larceny, receiving or transferring stolen vehicles and possession of stolen goods.
Deputies said the men stole the unlicensed trucks from a home on N.C. 16 South on May 14, but that the owner didn’t file a report until two days later.
The owner learned from a contractor who was working on his house that the two suspects had been by the area in the days before the incident and asked the contractor about whether or not the trucks were for sale, according to an agency press release.
The owner told deputies he recently purchased the vehicles, which didn’t run, and had yet to have the titles transferred over.
Various neighbors also revealed to deputies that they had seen the men in the area driving both a white 1990s model truck with an air compressor on the back, and at times, a red pickup that had Van Diver Towing written on the side of it, the release said.
The men were wearing mechanic shirts and using the air compressor to pump up the trucks’ tires on May 17, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Detective Frank Runyon went to East Lincoln Speedway in Denver looking for a potential suspect after the release said he remembered seeing one of the trucks with a similar description at the race track.
While deputies later learned the trucks, which contained refrigerated box beds, had been crushed at a Charlotte scrap yard, officers did recover the dual axle trailer from Vandiver’s residence, they said.
Each suspect has since been released on a $15,000 secured bond.