LUMBERTON — A local businessman running for the Robeson County Board of Commissioners says at least $100,000 in damage was done to his auction house Tuesday night when someone smashed it with two 30,000-pound pieces of farm equipment.
Lloyd “Mickey” Meekins is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever entered the property of Lloyd Meekins and Son Auction Co. on N.C. 211 East and crashed the machinery into a metal structure, crunching an 18-foot-tall wall.
Meekins and his wife Debbie said they do not believe the vandalism is political in nature.
Meekins is one of three Democrats seeking the District 6 seat on the county Board of Commissioners in the May 6 primary, joining Brenda Wilkins-Bullard and Ray Cox. The seat is held by Republican David Edge, who did file for re-election but is unopposed in the primary.
“I don’t think his candidacy has any bearing on this vandalism at all,” Debbie Meekins said.
The log skidder and three-wheel agricultural sprayer that were used to crash into the building are valued at a total of $60,000. It’s unclear how much damage was done to the machinery.
Meekins said an employee called him after he noticed the equipment wasn’t where it normally is. Lloyd Meekins and Son Auction Co., in business since 1982, specializes in auctioning large construction and farm equipment.
Meekins and his wife said they were “shocked” to see the damage when they came in Wednesday at about 7:45 a.m. All was in order when they left Tuesday at about 6:15 p.m., they said.
Anyone with information should call Detective Mark McMillian at the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office at 910-671-3100.