A Woodstock towing company operator arrested on drug charges on June 14 was arrested again a week later on a theft charge.
Frank Lee Ingram, 44, was booked into the Cherokee County jail on Friday on a felony charge of theft by receiving. He was released the same day on $4,250 bond.
According to magistrate court records and Cherokee Sheriff’s Office spokesman Jay Baker:
Agents with the Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad discovered that one of several guns discovered in a search of Ingram’s home after his first arrest had been stolen in 2013. The gun was a Winchester Super X Model 1 12-gauge shotgun.
“The gun had been reported stolen during a burglary on Green Drive in 2013. Ingram is not accused of stealing the weapon, he was charged for being in possession of it. The gun was in a safe at his home,” Baker said. According to the warrant for Ingram’s arrest, he “knew or should have known (the) property was stolen and was not being retained with intent to restore it to the owner.”
The June 14 arrest came when agents went to Ingram’s home to serve an arrest warrant for a drug possession incident on June 6. While there, they noticed a small amount of marijuana and got a search warrant for the residence. During the search agents discovered an eighth of an ounce of methamphetamine, a small amount of cocaine and several firearms.
Ingram was charged on June 14 with two felony counts of possession of methamphetamine, possession of a firearm during commission of a felony and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
Ingram’s son, Chase Lee Ingram, 18, was arrested following execution of the search warrant and charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, misdemeanor possession of a glass pipe with methamphetamine residue in it and felony possession of cocaine.
Both men were booked into the Cherokee County jail. The elder Ingram was released the same day on $15,625 bond, while his son was also on a $10,750 bond.
Frank Ingram Wrecker Service was among a group of seven towing companies called in to assist with local vehicle crashes. Cherokee Chief Marshal Ron Hunton has suspended the company as a rotating on-call towing service for 90 days. The Cherokee County Board of Commissioners could sanction the company further.
The city of Holly Springs also suspended its agreement with Frank Ingram Wrecker Service for towing and storage, City Manager Rob Logan said. The company will have an opportunity to appeal the suspension at a hearing on July 1, Logan said.