Owner wants $279,000 race car hauler returned; former business partners charged

  • Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 5:44 p.m.
    UPDATED: Thursday, May 16, 2013 1:03 a.m.
Submitted photo This race car hauler was taken a few days ago. Anyone with information is asked to call law enforcement.
Submitted photo This race car hauler was taken a few days ago. Anyone with information is asked to call law enforcement.

Two people wanted by law enforcement for the alleged theft of a race car hauler have been charged in Cleveland County. They were later released from jail there.

Mike Joseph Harmon, 59, of Hickory, and Sheila Rae Rice, 38, also of Hickory face charges of felony larceny and breaking into a motor vehicle. The incident is said to have occurred Saturday at the Mooresville race shop of JJC Racing.


Law enforcement officials released video surveillance and still images of the trailer Wednesday afternoon with the hope that someone would be able to help return it to the owner. The trailer has not been recovered.

The case involves former business associates, but the trailer and contents are titled to the victim, Rowan County Sheriff’s Capt. John Sifford said. 

The 2004 Ultra Trailer, valued at $279,000 was taken from the shop, located in the 800 block of Performance Road.

The trailer was last known to be secured Friday around 7:30 p.m. The victim provided names to investigators, officials said.

Owner Jennifer Jo Cobb, of JJC Racing, said in an email she wants the transporter returned so she can make Friday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Cobb said she is hoping to borrow what she needs if trailer isn’t returned.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office at 704-216-8700 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-639-5245.

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