Man arrested for suspected chop shop

BOONEVILLE – A Jumpertown man is free on $25,000 bond after being charged last week with operating a chop shop.
Henry Lawson, 67, of 49 C.R. 7149, Booneville, was charged after a search warrant was executed at another County Road 7149 address, said Prentiss County Sheriff Randy Tolar.
Officers seized two Chevrolet trucks, each of which had VIN plates that had been switched, he said. One of the trucks had been reported stolen in April from a Tupelo restaurant and sold to someone else, who identified Lawson as the seller.
When a second search warrant was executed at Lawson’s residence, parts were recovered from at least four different vehicles which had been reported stolen, Tolar said.
Lawson came off federal parole earlier this year, and had been convicted in both Illinois and Mississippi for auto-theft related offenses, the sheriff said.
The case will be presented to a Prentiss County grand jury in October.

NEMS Daily Journal

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