Stolen cars sold for scrap metal

Published 8:12 pm Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Horace Sumpter

Horace Sumpter


A Washington man was arrested after two cars stolen in Washington ended up sold for cash just over the Beaufort County line, according to a press release from the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office.

Horace Sumpter, 58, of Shady Lane, was arrested May 30 and charged with breaking and entering a motor vehicle and two counts of larceny of a motor vehicle.

The crimes happened May 19 and 21: two out of commission cars taken from Blount Drive and Joyner Circle, accord to Maj. Kenneth Watson, spokesman for the sheriff’s office.

“They were passenger cars in need of repair—they were not operational,” Watson said. “The owners kept them because they had plans for fixing them and getting them back on the road. They just hadn’t gotten around to it before this guy came along and stole them.”

Investigator Jim Adams tracked down the stolen cars at EJE Recycling on U.S. Highway 264 West in Pitt County, where Sumpter had sold the vehicles for scrap metal, said Watson.

After his arrest, Sumpter was held in the Beaufort County Detention Center under a $5,000 secured bond. Charges are pending in Pitt County for two counts of obtaining property by false pretense for selling the stolen vehicles as scrap metal.