2013-06-05 / Front Page

Federal indictments in multi-county theft ring



U.S. Attorney holds press conference in Grove Hill
By Jim Cox

U. S. Attorney Kenyen R. Brown was in Grove Hill Wednesday afternoon, June 5, for a press conference at the Clarke County Courthouse to announce the federal indictments of two Camden men, a Birmingham man and two Mississippi men in connection with a theft ring involving stolen trailers, farm equipment, wreckers and vehicles in Clarke County and other parts of Alabama.

Already arrested and charged by the Clarke County Sheriff’s Department are Rickel Devonte Powell and Timothy Terill Beasley, both of Camden, and Corey Sanchez Howard of Birmingham. They were indicted by a federal grand jury as were Wayne Allen McCarty Jr. and Wayne Allen McCarty Sr., both of Perkinston, Miss. where some of the stolen merchandise was recovered.

This is the continuation of a case that has been reported in The Democrat for several weeks now. Merchandise was stolen from Grove Hill Tractor Supply, Ralph Clayton’s Wrecker Service south of Grove Hill and Lewis Environmental in Thomasville and others in early April.

Additionally, items were stolen in Safford, Ala. and other parts of Alabama.

The indicted men were also linked to the unsolved thefts of several vehicles from Sheffield Motors in Thomasville in November 2011.

Brown praised what he called “good old law enforcement” investigative work by the Clarke County Sheriff’s Department; Grove Hill, Jackson and Thomasville Police Departments, state and federal law enforcement agencies and others in solving the crimes.

See the upcoming June 13 issue of The Clarke County Democrat for more information. 

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