A Johnston County man is accused of stealing the identities of auto repair shops to scam local auto parts stores. The suspect has been linked to two incidents and is under investigation to see if there may be other cases.
Terry Ray Beasley, 47, of Tarheel Road, Benson is accused of calling Advance Auto on Highway 42 in Cleveland on July 14th and ordering nearly $460 in filters, fluids, a three ton jack and jump starter box. Beasley allegedly said he was an employee of a Cleveland community repair shop located a few miles away. The parts store employee became suspicious about the phone order and called the auto repair shop and determined they did not place the order.
On July 29th, Beasley attempted to order similar items over the phone from O’Reilly Auto Parts in Four Oaks. This time, he allegedly claimed to be an employee of a Dunn area repair shop. Instead of delivering the order to Dunn, he reportedly asked the delivery driver meet him in the parking lot of South Johnston High School on Highway 301. O’Reilly employees were also suspicious about the phone call and verified with the Dunn repair shop they didn’t place the parts order. Afterwards, they alerted deputies about the incident.
A few hours later, Johnston County deputies arrested Beasley during a traffic stop near South Johnston High.
Terry Ray Beasley was charged with two counts of identity theft and two counts of attempting to obtain property by false pretenses. He was also charged with felony probation violation. He was held under a $70,000 secured bond at the Johnston County Jail.