KING, N.C. — Police have issued arrest warrants for two men they believe are responsible for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of racing engines from Buck Racing Engines in King; and one of the men appeared on the popular Discovery Channel series “Street Outlaws.”
On June 19, owner Charlie Buck says he came to work only to discover that his shop had been broken into, and at the time thought that up to $800,000 worth of engines had been taken.
Two months later, King police announced that they had warrants out for two men in connection, one of them being Ronnie Dale Pollard, 47, of Skiatook, Okla.
Pollard appeared on the Discovery Channel show “Street Outlaws,” which is about street drag racing.
Now it appears that Pollard and his alleged accomplice – Christopher P. Goodman, 32, of Broken Arrow, Okla. – are real outlaws. King police say that the two are being investigated by other law enforcement agencies across the country as well but have not been captured.
“Your life’s been violated,” said Charlie Buck, while speaking to FOX8’s Michael Hennessey after the news of the arrest warrants broke. “It’s just tough to deal with.”
“The Discovery Channel should have done a little better job checking people out,” Buck said. “It’s just hard to believe that somebody like that’s been on TV, and then they break in and steal stuff from you.”
Buck said that Pollard had been in his shop the day before the heist.
“He came by the shop that day looking for a short block and that’s when we had a picture of him, you know, I caught him on film there,” Buck said.
FOX8 exclusively obtained the surveillance video from Buck, which showed at least two men breaking and entering Buck’s shop, damaging surveillance cameras along the way, before making off with the engines.
“I doubt very seriously if I’ll ever see the engines. I don’t think I’ll ever get them back,” Buck said.
Buck said that he had never met Goodman.
King police now say that approximately $445,000 worth of engines were taken and the shop suffered about $14,000 in damage.
Pollard is charged with felony larceny, conspiracy to break and enter a building and commit larceny, aiding and abetting a felony larceny.
Goodman is charged with felony larceny, conspiracy to break and enter a building and commit larceny, and felony breaking and entering at building.
Police say the investigation is continuing, and additional charges are forthcoming.