Investigators are on a roll in their search for suspects accused of stealing property on wheels.
Detective Andy Manis of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office charged Kasey Nicole Franklin, 23, and Patrick Ryan Kelley, 35, both of Landis Lane in Nebo, with one count of felony larceny and two counts of obtaining property by false pretense. Each was taken into custody in lieu of a $50,000 bond.
Detective Jason Grindstaff of the Sheriff’s Office said he is charging the couple with two counts each of felony larceny and obtaining property by false pretense.
Additional charges are pending.
A recent rash of stolen ATVs, utility trailers and other vehicles has had deputies on the hunt for the suspects.
Grindstaff said an employee at Ray Roland’s scrap yard reported last Monday that a male and female came to the business a few days prior, trying to sell a utility trailer. The couple didn’t have the required paperwork, so the scrap yard wouldn’t purchase it. The employee said the same couple previously sold Ray Roland’s a utility trailer, and the business still had it.
The pair was identified as Franklin and Kelley, who are believed to have stolen at least eight utility trailers in McDowell and Burke counties, according to the detectives.
Thus far, they are charged or will be charged with taking a $1,200 utility trailer from the property of Charles Pokorny III of U.S. 221 North on Friday, Feb. 24; a car-hauling trailing, valued at $1,400, owned by Paul Buchanan of Marion, taken from Mike’s Hitch Shop on U.S. 221 North between Feb. 24 and March 10; a $3,000 utility trailer owned by Tommy Hollifield Jr. of Marion from property on Drucilla Church Road on Saturday, March 17; a utility trailer, worth $1,250, from the property of John Dillingham of Circle Drive in Marion on Friday, March 16; and a cooker on wheels, which Manis said was stolen in Burke County but sold at Patton’s Scrap Metal in McDowell.