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UPDATE: 3 Charged in Vehicle Theft, Scrap Metal Fraud Ring Bust - NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News, Sports and Weather

UPDATE: 3 Charged in Vehicle Theft, Scrap Metal Fraud Ring Bust

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Leo Thomas Herring Jr. Leo Thomas Herring Jr.
William Curtis Hope William Curtis Hope
Jason Todd Cash Jason Todd Cash

05/30 Update: According to Waynesboro police, Herring surrendered himself to police.  He is being held without bond at Middle River Regional Jail.


Three men are facing felony charges in Waynesboro after being tied to a car theft and scrap metal operation.

Jason Todd Cash of Buckingham County and William Hope and Leo Thomas Herring Jr. of Schuyler are all accused of stealing vehicles and selling them for scrap.

All of the cars were over 15 years old. Police say the men got almost $3,000 for nine of them at a Waynesboro recycle center.

Hope and Cash are already in jail and Herring has yet to be arrested.


Waynesboro Police Department Press Release:

The Waynesboro Police Department has charged three men involved in a motor vehicle theft/scrap metal fraud operation after a three month joint investigation with the Buckingham County Sheriff’s Office. Jason Todd Cash, 39 years old of Buckingham County, and 24 year old William Curtis Hope and 45 year old Leo Thomas Herring, Jr., both of Schuyler all face numerous felony charges of stealing vehicles and selling them for scrap over several weeks last summer.

In late February of this year, an investigator with the Buckingham County Sheriff’s Office notified the Police Department about vehicles reported stolen in Buckingham County ending up in a Waynesboro recycle center. The investigation determined nine vehicles belonging to the same Buckingham County victim were stolen in August and September and brought to Waynesboro where they were sold for scrap metal. 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.

The felony charges are as follows:

· Jason Todd Cash

1. Obtain Money by False Pretenses – 4 counts

2. Sale of Stolen Property – 4 counts

· William Curtis Hope

1. Obtain Money by False Pretenses – 2 counts

2. Sale of Stolen Property – 2 counts

· Leo Thomas Herring, Jr.

1. Obtain Money by False Pretense – 1 count

2. Sale of Stolen Property – 1 count

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. Herring has yet to be arrested.

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