Detectives say theft investigation leads to five more trailers

| 7/23/2009

Police in North Carolina say an investigation into one stolen commercial truck led them to an apparent cargo theft operation.

Police in High Point, NC, recently followed up on a tip that a stolen diesel truck was parked at a specific business. While inspecting the truck, police discovered five 53-foot trailers on the property that had been stolen. In addition, detectives found more than $180,000 in stolen cargo inside the trailers and at the business.

Police arrested Brian Keith Murrow, 42, of High Point July 16 for two counts of felony possession of stolen property, nine counts of felony larceny, and four counts for altering or removing serial numbers.

Murrow was placed in the Guilford County, NC, jail under a $250,000 bond.

High Point Police Lt. Steve Myers said the investigation has revealed an additional 16 trailers were stolen and likely destroyed at the property.

“It’s been going on for a while,” Myers said Wednesday of the alleged truck theft operation.

Detectives have received calls from many trucking companies who believe Murrow’s operation may have been involved with their own missing equipment.

Myers said trucks are common in High Point. The area is close to a number of trucking terminals in Greensboro and Winston-Salem.

Police are asking anyone with information on the case to call Lt. Blank of the High Point Police Department at 336-887-7844.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer