WAYNESBORO,Va. (WHSV)-- UPDATE: Herring surrendered himself at the PD at 1:30 a.m. on Friday. He is being held without bond at Middle River Regional Jail.
The Waynesboro Police Department has charged three men involved in a motor vehicle theft and scrap metal fraud operation after a three month joint investigation with the Buckingham County sheriff's office.
In February, the Buckingham County sheriff's office told the police department about vehicles reported stolen in Buckingham County ending up in a Waynesboro recycle center.
The investigation determined nine vehicles belonging to one person in Buckingham County were stolen and sold for scrap metal in Waynesboro.
The three men arrested were: 39 year-old Jason Todd Cash of Buckingham County, 24 year-old William Curtis Hope, and 45 year-old Leo Thomas Herring, Jr., both of Schuyler.
They face numerous felony charges of stealing vehicles and selling them for scrap over several weeks last summer.
Jason Todd Cash was accused of four counts of obtaining money by false pretenses and four counts of the sale of stolen property.
William Curtis Hope was accused of two counts of obtaining money by false pretenses and two counts of the sale of stolen property.
Leo Thomas Herring Jr. was accused of one count of obtaining money by false pretenses and one count of the sale of stolen property.
The vehicles, all ranging in age from 19 to 43 years old, were either towed to Waynesboro or driven by one of the three men.
The men received a total of $2,953.10 for the nine vehicles.
Hope and Cash were already incarcerated on other crimes at Middle River Regional Jail and Piedmont Regional Jail, respectively, when they were served with the new charges over the weekend.
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