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Brunswick authorities recover $600,000 in stolen vehicles and equipment, two arrested, two still being sought

An apparent scheme in which four men allegedly sold stolen goods to one another has been uncovered by Brunswick County Sheriff's Office investigators.

Toby Ray O'Neal, left, and Eliott Watkins, right, are wanted in connection to crimes allegedly involving stealing and selling stolen goods. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy Brunswick County Sheriff's Office)
Toby Ray O’Neal, left, and Eliott Watkins, right, are wanted in connection to crimes allegedly involving stealing and selling stolen goods. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office)

BRUNSWICK COUNTY — Investigators in Brunswick County have tied four men in connection with a crime resulting in a total of $600,000 in stolen goods.

Two men were arrested Wednesday and Thursday, and two are still wanted.

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So far, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office recovered a John Deere Gator, Caterpillar front end loader, Evinrude 70 HP outboard boat motor, Ford F-250, Club golf cart, Miller welder, enclosed trailer, Road King trailer, Kubota ATV, Mako Pro Skiff, and four mud mats.

All items total an approximate value of $600,000, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) release Thursday. According to warrants for the four men’s arrests, stolen goods were sold among the men at far below their market value.

Four men

On Wednesday, BCSO made its first arrest in connection with the crime. Brandon Johnson Inman, 30, was charged with two counts of larceny of a motor vehicle, felony larceny, attempted breaking or entering, five counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and four counts of obtaining property false pretense. The Leland man allegedly sold an enclosed trailer he stole for $1,000, a stolen golf cart for $2,500 and a stolen boat, motor and trailer for $2,000 all to the same man.

That man, James Christopher Faulk, 49, was arrested the next day. Faulk, a Leland resident, has been charged with three counts of possession of stolen goods and three counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

Both Inman and 26-year-old Eliott Watkins of Delco allegedly stole the same items from Highland Paving Company, warrants show. The two men allegedly stole the same white F-250, valued at $40,000 and an $8,000 blue welder. Watkins is still wanted. He has been charged with larceny of a motor vehicle, felony larceny, and attempted breaking or entering.

Toby Ray O’Neal, 58, is also still wanted. O’Neal allegedly sold an axle trailer he stole to Inman for $100. The Leland resident is wanted in on charges of altering or removing a serial number, and possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

According to a BSCO press release about the arrests, the investigation is still ongoing.


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