Davidson County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man Wednesday in connection to a larceny involving a wrecked armored truck.
According to Sheriff David Grice, deputies arrested Thomas Eugene Strange, 37, of 1852 Friedberg Church Road in Winston-Salem, Wednesday night after receiving a tip regarding his whereabouts. Deputies charged Strange with felony larceny for allegedly stealing $41,000 from a disabled Brinks armored truck that crashed on N.C. Highway 52 in November. Grice issued a press release Wednesday morning naming Strange as a suspect in the larceny and his office started receiving information almost immediately.
“Within an hour of it appearing in the news, we got several calls concerning [Strange],” Grice said. “We developed this guy as a suspect a few days after the situation on a tip we got, We had to get everything together and talk with the district attorney before we drew up warrants. He made a statement concerning his involvement later to detectives.”
Grice said no money was recovered and did not comment on what Strange claimed he spent it on.
“We didn’t think we would be able to [recover the money],” said Grice. “Brinks would have to sue him [to get the money back]. The court could order it as part of his probation or parole. The state will give him ways of paying it back but that usually doesn’t work too good.”
On Nov. 6, the Brinks truck and another vehicle were involved in a crash on the northbound lane of U.S. Highway 52. The Brinks truck veered off the road, up an embankment and rolled over several times, spilling money out onto the highway. Grice contacted the State Bureau of Investigation the following day after Brinks filed a report claiming that $41,000 was not recovered from the accident. Grice included the SBI because dozens of emergency personnel from multiple county agencies responded to the scene.
"There were at least 40 people at the scene that night," said Grice. "Since there were so many local responders, we decided to let the SBI handle the investigation. This was a pretty violent wreck and money spilled out everywhere. Those armored cars are extremely heavy."
Grice said it’s still unclear how Strange stole the money.
“He wasn't involved in the wreck and did not cause the wreck,” said Grice. “He may gotten there before rescue workers arrived."
Strange was issued a $100,000 secured bond and is scheduled to appear in court on April 1.
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