An Asheville man was arrested and charged after deputies found him asleep while trying to steal from someone’s car, authorities said Wednesday.

Deputy David Jones of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office charged Timothy Matthew Howell, 29, of 225 Patton Ave. in Asheville, with two counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle and one count each of larceny of a firearm and possession of a firearm by a felon.

At approximately 7:15 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 15, Jones and Capt. Bryon Crisp responded to the Lytle Mountain Road residence of Chucky and Nicole Bolick. The couple had discovered a man asleep in their Toyota SUV.

Officers determined that man to be Howell, and further investigation showed he had rummaged through the Toyota, as well as a Chevrolet truck belonging to the Bolicks, stole a gun from the truck and fell asleep before making his getaway.

Howell has had a criminal history since 2011, with multiple counts of breaking and entering, larceny and motor vehicle offenses throughout Mecklenburg, Wake and Durham counties, according to NC Department of Public Safety Records.

Howell’s bond was set at $65,000.

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