3 People Linked To Tractor Trailer Theft

Three people have been arrested in connection with the theft of  a $60,000 tractor trailer stolen from a southern Johnston County farm field last week.

A semi tractor and double axle grain trailer loaded with soybeans was stolen from a field in the 10000 block of Highway 96 South at Goosehole Road in the Meadow community. The theft happened sometime between Nov. 25th and 26th.

The truck was owned by A.G. Barefoot Farms of Dunn.

Following an investigation by the Johnston and Sampson County Sheriff’s Departments,  the stolen truck was found at a location in northern Sampson County last week.

Nicholas Brian Stancil, 36, of Tart Town Road, Dunn; Johnathan Mitchell Naylor, 34, of Ozzie Road, Clinton; and Courtney Jaquelin Matthews, 34, of Corinth Church Road, Salemburg have all been arrested on felony charges.

Stancil and Naylor were both charged with larceny of a motor vehicle, felony larceny and conspiracy.  Stancil was also charged with possession of a stolen vehicle. Stancil was given a $200,000 bond.  Naylor was given a $20,000 bond.

Matthews was charged with felony conspiracy and placed in the Johnston County Jail under a $50,000 bond.

The stolen tractor trailer was recovered and returned to its owners.