ROCKINGHAM — A man is facing multiple charges after deputies say he stole and sold water meters.
According to warrants, 41-year-old Owen Robert Felix of Harrington Road, Rockingham unlawfully went to the Richmond County landfill on Walter Kelly Road from April 17-20 and took 25 brass water meters.
The meters, property of the county government, are valued at $3,750.
On April 20, Felix allegedly sold several meters to Fortress Metals, Inc. for scrap, netting $67.80.
Warrants for Felix’s arrest were issued April 24, charging him with second-degree trespassing, a misdemeanor, and felony counts of larceny and obtaining property by false pretenses.
Felix was picked up in Moore County by Whispering Pines police May 14 and released on a $10,000 secured bond.
Online court records show Felix is also facing traffic infractions, including failure to wear a seat belt, in Richmond and Moore counties.
According to the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction, Felix was convicted on a misdemeanor larceny charge in late 2012, for which he was sentenced to probation.
— William R. Toler