Two charged in equipment theft

Published 9:25 am Friday, July 27, 2012

IVOR—The Southampton County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday issued warrants for two Ivor men for allegedly stealing heavy equipment valued at $100,000.

Andrew Holdsworth, 23, and Tyrone Gay, 24, also are accused of stealing four peanut trailers from farms in Southampton, Isle of Wight and Surry counties.

All of the heavy equipment, which belonged to Virginia Beach contractor Curtis Thomas, was sold for scrap in Carrollton and Suffolk except for a backhoe and paver, said Major Gene Drewery. Both were found at a home on Deer Lane in the Edgehill area, he said.

None of the equipment, including a bulldozer worth $14,750 and dump truck valued at $9,000, was insured.

Thomas reported the theft of the heavy equipment on July 19 and assumed it occurred sometime after May 1, which was the last time anyone from the company had been to the storage site on Bell Road, Ivor.

Investigators determined Holdsworth and Gay allegedly stole the equipment between June 12 and 15, Drewery said.

Both were charged with grand larceny and selling or distributing stolen property. Holdsworth had been in the Western Tidewater Regional Jail on charges for allegedly stealing the peanut trailers.

Gay remains free. If anyone knows of his whereabouts, contact the Sheriff’s Office at 653-2100 or Southampton Crime Line 757-653-2900. Crime Line callers could receive up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.