Arrest warrants have been issued for a NASCAR driver and his business associate after the pair allegedly stole at least seven vehicles from a competitor.
The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office in Mooresville, N.C, has issued arrest warrants for NASCAR driver Mike Harmon and David Novak, his business associate, in connection with a string of car thefts, local television station WBTV reports. Both men are sought on charges of breaking and entering and larceny.
According to WBTV, Rowan County deputies recovered two cars and five trucks from Harmon’s garages in May. Authorities believe that Harmon stole the vehicles from Jennifer Jo Cobb, a fellow NASCAR driver, at the end of 2012. The stolen vehicles were found at Harmon’s garage in Mooresville, and at a storage facility in Catawba County, N.C., WBTV reports.
This isn’t the first time that Harmon has been accused of stealing from Cobb. The 55-year-old NASCAR driver was arrested in May after allegedly breaking into Cobb’s Mooresville headquarters and stealing her hauler to transport his own cars and trucks, WBTV reports.
According to Yahoo News, Cobb informed authorities that she believed that Harmon and an accomplice, Sheila Rae Rice, were responsible for stealing her hauler. At the time, Harmon adamantly denied the charges of theft. “I’ve never stolen as much as a piece of bubble gum. To be arrested for a felony is ridiculous,” he told WBTV.
Harmon insisted that he never stole Cobb’s hauler, and claimed that there was more to the story. “People that know me know that I didn't do this. It's ridiculous. You know everyone's shop is under surveillance. My shop is under surveillance," he told WBTV.
After the initial arrest, Harmon was ordered to stay away from Cobb, although both drivers decided to finish out the remainder of the racing season. Both parties have competed in the NASCAR Nationwide series, and Harmon had once been Cobb’s team manager.
"I'm a big believer in God's will, so perhaps this happened for a bigger better cause or reason," Cobb told WBTV after Harmon's initial arrest. Neither Harmon nor Novak had been arrested as of Monday afternoon. Authorities have yet to recover Cobb’s missing hauler.