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Men accused of stealing trucks, crushing for scrap metal

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
cwootson@charlotteobserver.com

Two men were arrested earlier this week after police accused them of stealing two trucks and a trailer from a Lincoln County driveway and crushing the vehicles for scrap metal.

Thomas Adam Vandiver, 23, of Dallas and Terry Eugene Russell, 25 of Denver were arrested Monday and charged with larceny, receiving or transferring stolen vehicles and possession of stolen goods. Both were released on $15,000 bond.

Last week the trucks’ owner told deputies the vehicles, which came with refrigerated box beds, had been recently purchased, but didn’t run. The titles had not yet been transferred to the new owner.

A contractor who was remodeling the home said two men had come by and asked if the trucks were for sale. A neighbor said she saw the truck the men were driving, and it had “Van diver” on the side.

The next day, neighbors said two men showed up at the house with a truck with “Vandiver” on the side and were pumping up the trucks’ tires with an air compressor.

Det. Frank Runyon was familiar with one of the trucks from the East Lincoln Speedway and went looking for the suspects, according to a press release from police. Runyon’s investigation led him to Southern Scrap Company, in Charlotte, where the detective learned the trucks had already been crushed.

Runyon located the trailer at Vandiver’s home, according to the release.

Wootson: 704-358-5046; Twitter: @CleveWootson
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