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Second person charged in Jeremy Mayfield theft ring

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HUDSON, NC (WBTV) - A second person has been formally charged in a theft ring involving former NASCAR Driver Jeremy Mayfield.

The Hudson Police Department served an indictment on Rusty Alex Canipe of Catawba County on four counts of felony larceny, according to a news release from the Hudson Police Department.

The charges are a result of an investigation into the theft of several trailers and pieces of furniture that were stolen on February 26, 2011 from the former Anderson Truck Lines.

Canipe surrendered himself at the Caldwell County Magistrate's Office. His bond was set at $100,000.

Mayfield was indicted on several counts of larceny on March first.

Mayfield turned himself in to a state magistrate in Lenoir.

Mayfield said he is innocent of the four charges of felony larceny he was indicted on.

He was released on a $100,000 unsecured bond.

Mayfield is alleged to have stolen thousands of dollar worth of equipment from racing shops and other businesses across the area. Several firearms were also found at his home that were stolen.

Two weeks ago, Mayfield went before a magistrate in Catawba County following an indictment on three charges of possession of stolen goods and one count of obtaining property by false pretenses.

In that case he was released on a $25,000 bond.

According to Catawba County, the alleged incidents occurred between November 1 and 16 of 2011, according to the indictments.

Mayfield is alleged to have stolen several thousand dollars worth of property belonging to Red Bull Racing, Fitz Holdings and DEA Ventures. The indictments also allege that Mayfield sold a stolen metal surface plate to Smith Setzer and Sons, Inc. for $1,200.

Mayfield's home was searched in November where investigators seized thousands of dollars in stolen merchandise.

According to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, detectives found 40 firearms, 1 1/2 grams of meth and a number of items that had been stolen from Lee Boy Inc. and Larry Grant, Inc., a trucking company in Lincolnton.

Mooresville police said they found commercial audio and video equipment reported stolen from Red Bull Racing at 192 Raceway Dr. in Mooresville.  This theft was reported to police in February 2011, police said.

NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield was suspended indefinitely after failing a random drug test in May 2009.

The result stems from a test at Richmond International Raceway.

Later Mayfield told WBTV the results of this test were not accurate.  He claimed the results turned up positive because he took allergy medicine and Adderal for his Attention Deficit Disorder.

Mayfield and NASCAR were then involved in various lawsuits.

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