Man charged with felonies after allegedly stripping wiring from rent house

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Arrest made in Texas one month after warrant issued in Barry County

A man who previously lived in the Golden area has been charged with two felonies after allegedly stripping the wiring from a home he previously rented.

Billy Scallorn, 39, of Chelsea, Okla., is charged with stealing wire, and electrical transformer or other device, and first-degree property damage. He was arrested in Carson County, Texas, on May 25, one month after the original charge was filed.

According to a probable cause statement filed by Det. Doug Henry, with the Barry County Sheriff's Office, the victim owns two trailer houses on Farm Road 2255 in the Golden area, and the owner had a contract with Scallorn to rent to own the property.

On Jan. 6, the owner reported the theft and property damage, alleging the renters had torn out all the wiring from the wall and stole metal from the residence. The victim alleged Scallorn cut the wiring from the pole to the trailer, and took the furnace and air conditioning units.

According to an estimate provided by the property owner, cost to fix the damages would run about $15,000 to $20,000.

Henry said he ran Scallorn through a law enforcement database and had the victim look at scrap metal Scallorn had been selling at a recycling business in Berryville, Ark. The victim positively identified a refrigerator, metal and wiring as being stolen from the Golden property.

Scallorn is being held in the Barry County jail on a $15,000 bond. He has been arraigned, and a disposition is scheduled for Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke.

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