Suspect in Sampson Co. ‘chop shop’ had other run-ins with the law

CLINTON, N.C. (WNCN) – A Raleigh man connected to an illegal chop shop in Sampson County has been in trouble with the law before, court documents show.

Lamont McKoy, 41, is charged with six counts of possession of a stolen vehicle and one count each of felony chop shop activity and conspiracy.

Earlier this month, the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office discovered McKoy’s operation in a wooded area near Clinton. Some of the items found included an 18-wheeler, three 18-wheeler frames and a Ford pickup truck belonging to Smith’s Furniture& Appliances in Dunn.

See more photos from the "chop shop"
See more photos from the “chop shop”

“I had no idea I’d see this truck again to be honest, said Kenneth Smith, owner of Smith’s Furniture & Appliances.

Smith said the truck featured a special hydraulic lift that helped lift heavy items onto his truck. It’s now gone.

This isn’t McKoy’s first run in with the law. According to court documents, McKoy had several previous felony convictions over a 20-year period. He was also charged in connection with a million dollar chop shop operation in Clayton.

Authorities are still searching for McKoy’s brother, Shawn, in connection with the Sampson County operation. He will be charged as a co-conspirator.

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