(provided by Burnsville Police Department)
Samuel Ray Noblitt, 54, of 240 Sugar Hill Road, Marion has been arrested by the Burnsville Police Department and charged with several crimes related to several larcenies throughout three counties.
On Monday, January 20th officers responded to Heritage Lumber Company in reference to a larceny that had taken place at their business. While meeting with store employees, officers were able to obtain photographs of the suspect from security cameras as well as a detailed description of the suspect’s vehicle.
During the investigation, officers with the Burnsville Police Department and the Yancey County Sheriff’s Office located the stolen property at a pawn shop in Asheville. Officers traveled to the pawn shop where employees were able to positively identify the suspect in the surveillance photos from Heritage Lumber as Mr. Noblitt. Officers recovered all of the items that had been stolen from Heritage Lumber along with several other tools that had been sold to the pawn shop on the same date.
Officers then obtained warrants for arrest on Mr. Noblitt for misdemeanor larceny and obtaining property by false pretense. These charges stem from the incident reported on January 20th as well as other charges based on the fact that Mr. Noblitt admitted he had stolen other items from Heritage Lumber on other dates.
Officers with the Sheriff’s Office and Police Department traveled to McDowell County and with the assistance of McDowell County authorities, located Mr. Noblitt and arrested him without incident. During the arrest, officers located several other items that had been stolen from businesses in Buncombe and Mitchell Counties.
Mr. Noblitt admitted that he had been committing larcenies in Mitchell, Yancey, and Buncombe Counties for some time and selling the items at various pawn shops. Officers were successfully able to return items to Grassy Creek Hardware and Advance Auto Parts in Mitchell County that had been stolen. Officers also notified Black Mountain Police Department because some of the items had been stolen from Tractor Supply in Black Mountain.
Further criminal charges are likely to be filed in the other counties on Mr. Noblitt relating to these crimes.
The Burnsville Police Department would like to thank the Yancey County Sheriff’s Office and McDowell County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in the apprehension of this suspect.