Mayfield co-defendant sentenced

Rusty Canipe pleads to misdemeanor in deal
Jan. 17, 2014 @ 08:22 AM

A Hickory man charged along with former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield in relation to stolen trucks and furniture pleaded guilty Thursday to misdemeanor larceny.

Rusty Alex Canipe, 34, of 232-C 14th Ave. Drive SW, Hickory, was a minor player in the drama of Mayfield's arrest.

A Hudson police officer on patrol found Mayfield and Canipe about 3 a.m. on Feb. 26, 2011, sleeping in the cab of a tractor-trailer at 2698 Hickory Blvd., which then was the home of Anderson Truck Lines. Mayfield told the officer that they were returning from Tennessee and had stopped to rest. Later that night, the owner of the property, Dan Anderson, reported four trailers were missing. Police later determined the trailers contained about 70 pieces of furniture.

Investigators searched Mayfield’s property on Hudson Chapel Road in Catawba on Nov. 1, 2011, and reported finding sound equipment and electronics, Red Bull Racing signs, tools and furniture that had been reported stolen. Investigators said about a dozen pieces of furniture connected to Anderson were recovered.

After his conviction Thursday in Caldwell Superior Court, Canipe was sentenced to 30 days in jail, but the sentence was suspended, according to the Caldwell Clerk of Court. He also was placed on unsupervised probation and was ordered to pay $455 in restitution.

Mayfield, 44, pleaded guilty Jan. 9 in Catawba Superior Court to misdemeanor possession of stolen goods and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia related to the stolen furniture as well as drugs found on his property. The rest of the charges, including the ones in Caldwell, were dismissed. His jail sentence was suspended, and he was put on probation for 18 months and was ordered to pay $88,124.41 in restitution, fines and court costs.