Five people have been charged with possession of stolen goods following break-ins to several tractor-trailers at Sain and Heavner Trucking, in Vale, according to a news release from police. Police said more charges may be pending.
Company officials reported the break-ins on Aug. 25, saying four trailers had been entered and items removed. The break-ins occurred sometime after 5 p.m. Aug. 23.
The trailers were loaded with soft drinks, bakery products and Bosch products. A hammer found near the trailers was believed to have been used to break off the company seals.
Cody Dewayne Thomas, 17, of Vale, was charged with one felony count each of breaking into a motor vehicle, larceny and possession of stolen goods, as well as a count of misdemeanor injury to personal property.
Four other people are charged with possessing items stolen from the trucks.
Betsy May Carpenter, 29, of Vale, is charged one felony count each of receiving stolen goods, obtaining property by false pretenses and possession of stolen goods.
Debra Suzanne Moore, 34, of Vale, and Mickey Gene Mellon, 46, of Lawndale, are charged with one felony count each of receiving stolen goods and possession of stolen goods.
The latest arrest came Friday, when deputies picked up James Steven Fredell, 35, of Vale. He is charged with possession of stolen goods.
The investigation is continuing, and police said more of the stolen goods are expected to be recovered. Petitions may also be drawn on two juveniles in the case.