Richmond County deputies accuse Asheville man of stealing heater, electronics

By William R. Toler - [email protected]


ROCKINGHAM — A Buncombe County man with more than a dozen prior convictions in Richmond County is now facing both felony and misdemeanor larceny charges.

According to warrants, 41-year-old Victor Brian Evans, of Asheville, broke into a building on Haywood Parker Road, outside Ellerbe, between Nov. 9 and 11 of last year.

Evans is accused of taking a leaf blower, a 52-inch Samsung TV, a 23-inch Toshiba TV, a DVD player and a Canon digital camera, worth a total of $3,000, one warrant shows.

Another warrant — which lists the same victim and an address with the same street number, but on Haywood Cemetery Road, north of Rockingham — alleges that Evans took a gas heater worth $300 on Jan. 19.

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office clarified Monday that both alleged thefts took place on Haywood Cemetery Road.

Deputies arrested Evans July 1 and charged him with one felony count each of breaking and or entering and larceny after breaking, as well as one misdemeanor count each of breaking or entering and larceny.

He was booked into the Richmond County Jail under a $25,000 secured bond. However, court documents show the state agreed to modify his bond to $25,000 unsecured. He was released and ordered not to have any contact with the victim.

Evans is scheduled to appear in court on those charges July 28.

Online records with the N.C. Court System show Evans has another court appearance scheduled the following day on a probation violation charge in Buncombe County.

Warrants and court records reflect a contradictory birth date from that with records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction. However, jail records coincide with those of DPS.

Evans is currently serving a 36-month suspended sentence after being given probation in Buncombe County following a July 31, 2015 conviction on felony charges of financial card fraud and credit card theft, records show.

He spent 20 months behind bars on a Richmond County conviction of obtaining property by false pretenses and a Buncombe County conviction of felony embezzlement and a misdemeanor count of use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

Prior to that he spent nearly five years incarcerated after being convicted of robbery with a dangerous weapon in both Richmond and Scotland counties in 2004.

Evans has several other felony and misdemeanor larceny convictions dating back to 1993.

All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

Reach William R. Toler at 910-817-2675 and follow him on Twitter @William_r_toler.


By William R. Toler

[email protected]

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