A Marion man was arrested and charged after allegedly stealing over $5,200 worth of property from a Nebo resident last month, authorities said Wednesday.
Detective Billie Brown of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office charged Royce Jeffery Ollis, 44, of 269 Greenlee Road in Marion, with two counts each of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and possession of stolen goods and one count of larceny of a firearm.
He is also charged with a parole violation.
Ollis had been on the run, but a Crime Stoppers tip led authorities to a residence in Lake Lure last Friday, where they apprehended him. He is currently in custody with no bond.
On Saturday, Sept. 29, Mary Huffman, of 3490 U.S. 70 East in Nebo, reported that someone stole $5,200 worth of items from her property, including a couple of firearms, lawn equipment, a wedding band and security cameras, as well as a green 2002 Chevrolet extended-cab pickup truck.
An investigation led to Ollis, who had been seen driving the stolen truck. He broke into a house and a storage building on the property between Sept. 13 and Sept. 29.
The truck has been recovered. Investigators are still looking for a .38-caliber revolver; a Remington .22-caliber rifle; an Ithaca 12-gauge shotgun; a Husqvarna 48-inch riding lawn mower, along with Husqvarna leaf blower and weed trimmer; four security cameras; and a gold wedding band.
Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of the remaining stolen property is asked to call Detective Billie Brown at 652-2237 or McDowell County Crime Stoppers at 65-CRIME (652-7463). You can also text your tips to Crime Stoppers. Text TIP MCDOWELLSO and your information to 888777. With Crime Stoppers, your identity remains anonymous, and you could receive a cash reward.