More charges filed in case of stolen racing vehicles

More charges filed in case of stolen racing vehicles

More charges filed in case of stolen racing vehicles

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by ELIZABETH THOMAS / WCNC.com

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WCNC.com

Posted on June 17, 2013 at 4:19 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 17 at 10:09 PM

ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. -- NASCAR driver Mike Harmon has new charges filed against him stemming from the searches of two properties in which stolen racing vehicles were found.

The Rowan County Sheriff's Office issued two arrest warrants each for NASCAR driver Mike Harmon and business associate David Novak. Both Harmon and Novak are charged with larceny after breaking and entering and felony breaking and entering.

The new charges are a result of the search warrants executed at a storage shed in Catawba County and Harmon's shop in Mooresville on May 28.

As of 2 p.m. Monday, the arrest warrants for Harmon and Novak had not been executed.

According to official documents, seized from the Harmon's Mooresville shop were a Ford Race Truck, a Dodge racecar and a Chevrolet racecar.

From the storage shed, authorities seized two Chevrolet race trucks and two Dodge race trucks, along with a digital media card.

The Rowan County Sheriff's Department says the vehicles belong to JJC Racing, owned by Jennifer Jo Cobb, a driver in NASCAR's truck series.

The seven vehicles have been returned to JJC Racing.

A source tells NBC Charlotte the seven stolen vehicles, once worth about $150,000 a piece, had been stripped down and now have a value of about $10,000 each.

Cobb and Harmon are involved in a long-running dispute, and Harmon was arrested a couple weeks ago, accused of stealing a trailer belonging to Cobb's racing team. Harmon, a NASCAR owner and driver took to Twitter to deny responsibility for the theft from his former teammate-turned-competitor.

Harmon, of Mike Harmon Racing, was arrested in Cleveland County on felony larceny and breaking and entering charges. Sheila Rae Rice was also arrested on the same charges. Both posted a $10,000 bond.

(Click here to view photos of the stolen trailer)

Three days later, authorities charged Harmon with obstruction of justice, along with Cobb's former business partner David E. Novak with obstruction of justice and conspiracy to commit felony larceny.

Rowan County Deputies say the stolen 2004 Ultra hauler and it's contents are worth around $275,000. The Mooresville race shop sent NBC Charlotte surveillance video of the hauler driving off the lot.

Harmon is a former team manager of JJC Racing.

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