McDowell authorities arrest naked burglary suspect

Denny Lynn Dover

Update: Another charge for naked burglary suspect here.


McDowell County sheriff’s deputies have identified and charged a man caught on video naked on the porch of a home on Burma Road West. And he’s the same man previously convicted of secretly peeping, arson and other criminal charges.

Detective Burlin Ballew charged Denny Lynn Dover, 45, of Hilltop Drive in Marion, with attempted first-degree burglary. A homeowner on Burma Road West reported on two occasions – Tuesday, April 9 and Thursday, Oct. 3 – that the video camera system at the house captured a naked man on the porch. During the most recent incident, he attempted to get inside the residence, according to a news release.

The suspect’s distinctive tattoos gave him away, according to a Monday news release. After distributing photos of him Friday, investigators received tips concerning his identity.

Additional charges against Dover are pending.

Dover was held on $50,000 bond.

In 2016, the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office charged Dover and a second suspect with second-degree arson, breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering following a break-in and fire at a home on U.S. 70 East in Nebo. Dover was also charged with possession of methamphetamine in that incident.

According to the N.C. Department of Public Safety, he was convicted later that year of second degree arson, drug possession, larceny and break-in charges.

In 2013 he was charged with a misdemeanor count of peeping tom/secretly peeping and was later convicted. Other criminal charges dating back to 1994 include DWI, possession of stolen goods and resisting an officer.

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