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Vehicles seized from property of NASCAR’s Mike Harmon

- cwootson@charlotteobserver.com
Wednesday, May. 29, 2013

Deputies seized two cars and five trucks from NASCAR driver Mike Harmon on Tuesday night, and investigators plan to confer with the Rowan District Attorney’s Office to see if charges will be brought against the racer for the second time in a month.

The search warrants were served Tuesday night at a Catawba County storage shed belonging to Harmon and at his Mooresville shop, authorities said.

Harmon could not be reached for comment.

Deputies recovered two race cars and one race truck from Harmon’s shop on Loma Hill Court in Mooresville, according to Rowan County Sheriff’s spokesman John Sifford. Four race trucks were seized from a storage facility on Pleasant Road in Sherrills Ford.

Sifford didn’t know when the lead investigator on the case was expected to meet with prosecutors.

Investigators believe the vehicles belong to Jennifer Jo Cobb, an owner and a driver in NASCAR’s Truck series who is involved in an ongoing dispute with Harmon. Harmon used to be the team manager for Cobb’s Nationwide racing team. And he had indicated on Twitter that he’s involved in litigation with Cobb.

Two weeks ago, Harmon was arrested in Lincoln County in connection with the theft of a trailer from Cobb’s racing team. He later denied on Twitter that he stole the team trailer.

Cobb reported the trailer was stolen earlier this month from the JJC racing shop in Mooresville.

Harmon defended his name on Twitter.

“I want it known that I have never stolen so much as a piece of bubble gum in my life,” he wrote. “I did not take JJC hauler, there is no video of me anywhere near her shop. Today she was the windshield & I was the bug, but when we get in FEDERAL court in a couple wks there’s a boulder coming.”

Cobb told investigators the trailer was taken by Harmon and Sheila Rae Rice. Both were arrested by the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office on felony larceny and breaking and entering charges. They were released on $10,000 bond.

Cobb estimated the value of the hauler and its contents at $279,000.

Harmon told WBTV he was in Darlington, S.C., at the time of the alleged theft.

Wootson: 704-358-5046; Twitter: @CleveWootson

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