A Tabor City, NC, auto body shop owner is the latest to be charged in a series of Brunswick County thefts involving owners of another Columbus County business.
Barry Worley, 46, of Mill Branch Church Road, was charged with three counts of possession of stolen property - two felonies and a misdemeanor, said Capt. David Nobles of the Columbus County Sheriff's Office.
A magistrate released Worley, a former candidate for Columbus County commissioner, under a written promise to appear in court to answer the charges.
Worley is accused of possessing a trailer, tool boxes and lawn-trimming equipment, all stolen in Brunswick County, Nobles said.
Worley ran for county commissioner in 2008. He was narrowly defeated by incumbent Lynwood Norris in the Democratic primary.
Four other men were charged in the case in May, three from Columbus County, including the owner of Right Way Vinyl Construction in Whiteville, a spokesman for the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office said.
Christopher Lee Hines, 37, of Peacock Road, Chadbourn, the Right Way owner, was charged with felony larceny and possession of stolen property.
James Alfred Blackwell, 47, of Nakina, a Right Way employee, was charged with felony larceny and chop-shop activity.
Also charged were Cory Carroll Faircloth, 29, of Old Cribbtown Road in Chadbourn, and Wilford Benard Gore, 29, of Cordis Trail in Supply.