Four arrested, two are sought in Corbin 'chop shop' operation

Four people accused of stealing tractor-trailers as part of a "chop shop" operation have been taken into custody, two others remain at large.

A federal indictment filed in U.S. District Court in London on Oct. 22 was unsealed Tuesday after the arrests Monday of Sam C. Gilbert, 73, of Corbin; H.C. McDaries, 73, of Corbin; Ricky Lee McDaries, 50, of Big Stone Gap, Va.; and Larry Neal, 50, of Tazwell, Tenn.

Two other people have been indicted, but their names remain under seal because they have not yet been arrested, court documents show.

The indictment states that the men enlarged a barn behind Gilbert's home in Corbin to house the chop shop in August 2008.

A press release issued by the state police says the operation involved stolen vehicles from Tennessee and Kentucky valued at more than $600,000.