Police arrest third suspect in home invasion robbery

Published 3:10 pm Tuesday, August 8, 2017

A North Carolina woman faces multiple charges following her arrest in connection with a home invasion robbery at a Carter County residence in June.

Deputies of the Carter County Sheriff’s Office arrested Heather Michelle Smith, 22, 275 Cedar Branch Road, Wallace, N.C., on Sunday on a warrant charging her with strong armed robbery, theft of property, and especially aggravated burglary.

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Smith is the third person to be arrested by CCSO investigators in connection with the incident. In July, deputies arrested Joshua Ollis, 27, of 126 Jack Bradley Road, Elizabethton, and Chelsea Moore, 24, of 354 Greenlee Road, Johnson City. Investigators charged both Ollis and Moore with strong armed robbery, theft of property, and especially aggravated burglary.

According to court documents, on June 30 investigators with the Sheriff’s Office responded to a home in Watauga on a report of a home invasion robbery and burglary. Officers spoke with the resident who told them he was in his bedroom watching television and a friend, who he identified as Smith, was downstairs. He said he heard a noise outside and when he looked out the window, he saw a light colored SUV parked in the road just above his home.

The man told officers he went back to bed to watch television when someone came into the bedroom demanding money. He said the male suspect began swinging a small crowbar and hit him several times.

The resident told officers while he struggled with the male suspect a female with a bandana over her face began searching his room. At one point the woman’s bandana fell off her face and the man said he recognized her as Chelsea Moore. At that point, the man told officers he was able to identify the male suspect as Moore’s boyfriend Joshua Ollis.

“(The man) stated that he could tell he was losing the battle with (Ollis) and decided to reach into his pocket and pull out his pocket knife,” CCSO Investigator Penny Garland said. “(The man) stated that he began stabbing at (Ollis) and believed he had struck him a couple of times in the stomach and then (Ollis) began to run.)”

The two subjects fled the home following the struggle with the resident. The resident informed the investigators he had a security camera system in his home and allowed the officers to watch the video of the incident.

“On July 3, 2017, Investigator (Tim) Horne and Investigator (Michael) Bean interviewed Josh Ollis, and he stated that it was all pre-planned by Chelsea Moore and Heather Smith and he didn’t even want to do it but agreed to go with them,” Garland said.

Ollis told investigators they were looking for a safe they knew the resident kept in his house and after Moore had located it, they ran out of the home.

“Throughout the investigation, it was learned that Heather Smith had approached Josh Ollis and Chelsea Moore about committing this robbery and was actually at the home when it occurred,” Garland said. “Heather pretended to get into an altercation with Chelsea Moore in front of the victim so it didn’t seem that she was involved. After the robbery, they all met up at the Baymont Inn and Suites in Johnson City to divide the contents of the safe.”