Three charged with stealing metal

  • Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012 11:00 a.m.
    UPDATED: Thursday, December 13, 2012 11:01 a.m.
Johnny Reid Arey, Jr.
Johnny Reid Arey, Jr.

SALISBURY — Following a traffic stop on Interstate 85 Tuesday, deputies charged three people with stealing $2,500 worth of scrap metal.

Lt. M.A. Brady of the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office stopped the trio after officers received a call about possible metal theft. Robert Lee Troutman, 43; Mary McClellan Benton, 52; and 43-year-old Johnny Reid Arey Jr. were taken into custody.

Troutman, the driver, told deputies he didn’t have a license, an arrest report said. When asked to explain why he had a truck full of metal, Troutman said, “I didn’t think it belonged to anyone.”

Among the material, deputies found a hack saw and receipts from area scrap metal dealers.

Deputies later found Benton had an outstanding order for arrest from Cabarrus County. All three listed their address as a residence on Thomas Street.

Authorities said the accused thieves stole the metal from a China Grove home.

All three were charged with felony larceny and later released after posting $5,000 bonds each.

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