Landlord lands in hot water

Published 12:00 am Monday, January 31, 2011

A Woodleaf man went away for several weeks for medical treatment and while he was gone, his landlord cleared out his mobile home and turned the electricity off, according to a report by the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office.
Authorities said they received a call on Jan. 26 from John Hurley, 325 Wrenshaw Road, who said he had paid his rent, but had to go away for medical treatment, and came back to find all of his belongings gone, including two couches, a television, stereo and DVD player.
Hurley told authorities he tried to contact his landlord, Ronnie Franklin Scott, several times. When Hurley finally spoke with Scott, Scott told him he went to his home Jan. 15 and it looked as if it had been ransacked. He didn’t think Hurley would be coming back, the report said.
Authorities said Scott used some of the items from the home for his own use, and gave some of the items back to Hurley, but when asked about a flat screen television, Scott told Hurley he didn’t know where it was.
Scott, 50, of 1865 South River Church Road, was arrested the next day, and charged with felony breaking and entering, felony larceny and felony possession of stolen goods. He was given a $3,500 secured bond.