Lawmen believe that they may have broken up a multi-county theft ring operating all over Eastern Carolina.
Acting on a tip, investigators with the Pitt County Sheriff's Department located what they believe is a chop shop of sorts, where stolen commercial equipment, lawnmowers, trucks, and even motorcycles were taken and sold for parts. The stolen property was found in Edgecombe county Monday evening, but it looks like it came from Pitt, Pasquotank, Martin and Perquimmans counties.
Lawmen say several people have been interviewed and arrests are coming. Pitt County Sheriff Mac Manning says that his department has been conducting an investigation for several years into the disappearance of $800,000 to $900,000 worth of similar equipment and vehicles.
Investigators with the Pitt, Martin and Edgecombe County Sheriff's Departments and the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles spent most of Monday night tracing the origins of suspected stolen vehicles.