WADESBORO — Police arrested Joan Taylor of Norwood on multiple felony charges last week stemming from what authorities say was an unlawful eviction.
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. Police arrested Taylor on Aug. 14.
This is not the first time Taylor has complained of issues with tenants. Last April, Taylor complained to Anson County commissioners about a sheriff’s deputy giving legal advice to one of her tenants after the deputy served a summary ejection paper to the tenant, who she alleged was not paying rent.
Taylor told the commissioners that deputies’ job description 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 office, 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 she claimed were being used for illegal purposes, but she said the housing authority board and the Wadesboro police do not enforce the rules.
In this instance, police say Taylor broke the law when she chose to eject her tenant without following established state statutes for eviction.
“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 Tuesday.
Taylor was jailed under a $3,000 secured bond. She is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 26.