Officers arrested Joan Taylor of Norwood on multiple felony charges last Thursday.
A tenant at one of Taylor’s rental properties made the larceny complaint to the Wadesboro Police Department, according to Capt. Brandon Chewning. Taylor was subsequently charged with three felonies: breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and larceny of a motor vehicle.
This is not the first time Taylor has complained of issues with tenants. Last April, Taylor complained to the county commissioners about a deputy giving legal advice to one of her tenants after the deputy served a summary ejection paper to the tenant whom she alleged was not paying rent. Taylor then told the commissioners that the job description of a deputy does not give them the right to provide advice to tenants about whether they have to pay, or what the property owner can or cannot do, according to minutes from the meeting.
In the same meeting, Taylor complained that she had provided information on meth houses to the sheriff’s department, only to have the officer knock on a door in the county and name her as the informant. Taylor said that the officer’s action put her and her family’s lives in danger and that she came down with shingles immediately after the incident, according to the meeting minutes. The matter was turned over to the county manager and county attorney.
As recently as Aug. 4, Taylor approached the Wadesboro Town Council to complain that she had information on certain Section 8 houses that are being used for illegal purposes, but that the Housing Authority board and the WPD do not enforce the rules. Taylor alleged that some of the houses are used for bootlegging or to house unauthorized tenants.
In this instance, Taylor allegedly broke the law when she acted upon her issue with a tenant. “On this particular case she evicted the tenants and removed their belongings from the property before she had the right to do so,” Chewning said.
A phone call to Taylor was not returned by press time.
Taylor’s bond was set at $3,000 secured and her court date is set for Aug. 26.