Police charge Roan Mountain man with burglary, theft

Published 4:38 pm Thursday, March 30, 2017

A Roan Mountain man faces theft and burglary charges after police say he broke into a home while the resident was attending funeral services for a family member.

Officers of the Carter County Sheriff’s Office arrested Wade Evan Hampton, 50, 501 Old Highway 143, Roan Mountain, on Wednesday on a warrant charging him with aggravated burglary and theft of property.

According to court documents, on Feb. 17 Muriel Holtsclaw reported to the Sheriff’s Office that someone had broken into his home on Whitehead Road in Roan Mountain.

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“Mr. Holtsclaw stated the theft occurred on Feb. 16, 2017, while he and his entire family were attending graveside services for his brother,” CCSO Lt. Tim Horne said in the affidavit of complaint.

Holtsclaw told officers several pieces of jewelry were stolen from his home along with some medication.

“Surveillance video from a neighbor’s residence captured Wade Hampton driving his GMC Sierra pickup truck up to the residence area while Mr. Holtsclaw was at the funeral at around 10:38 a.m. and depart the residence area at around 10:54 a.m.,” Horne said. “Shortly thereafter, Mr. Holtsclaw returns home and discovers the theft.”

Following his arrest on Wednesday, Hampton was booked into the Carter County Detention Center. He was released from custody on Thursday after posting a $10,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in Carter County General Sessions Court on April 3.