A Marion woman was arrested and charged after she was tied to a string of campground thefts over the last month, authorities said Thursday.
Detective Van Williams and Lt. Andy Manis of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office charged Martha Elizabeth “Marty” Fender, 48, of Byrds Mobile Home Park in Marion with eight counts of misdemeanor larceny and one count of possession of stolen goods.
Lt. Chris Taylor of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office also charged Fender with felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance.
Between Aug. 6 and Aug. 27, several residents of Burnette’s Landing Campground in Marion reported multiple instances of items stolen from their property. Among the reported thefts include:
- Jason B. Thompson of Rutherfordton reported Aug. 17 that someone stole a $500 Jet Ski trailer and $200 worth of recreational equipment.
- Larry A. Thompson of Forest City reported Aug. 17 that someone stole a $200 battery from his camper.
- Steve William Mathany, 64, of Rutherfordton, reported Aug. 24 that someone stole $490 worth of property, including a John Deere birdhouse, a metal fire pit, a homemade lantern and four stack type chairs.
- John Gale Wharton, address unlisted, reported Aug. 27 that someone stole $275 worth of property, including an extension ladder, chairs and a battery.
- James Daniel Russell, 49, of Swannanoa, reported Aug. 24 that someone stole $445 worth of items, including patio furniture, three batteries, a 50ft extension cord, a camper tarp and household goods or decorations.
- Oren Augustus Raper, 67, of Denver, N.C., reported Aug. 24 that someone stole a $599 paddle boat from his property.
- Alton Richburg Martin, 64, of Hankins Road in Marion, reported Aug. 24 that someone stole a $100 fiberglass stepladder from his property.
According to Sheriff’s Office officials, Fender was linked to the cases after she attempted to sell some of the stolen items on Facebook Marketplace. Detectives later went to her residence, where they recovered some of the stolen property and located three grams of methamphetamine.
The investigation into the stolen property continues. Fender’s bond was set at $17,500.