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Originally published: 2013-07-08 11:00:15
Last modified: 2013-07-08 11:01:00

Blowing Rock woman charged with possession of stolen property

by Jeff Eason

Blowing Rock Police recovered stolen property worth more than $9,000, and arrested a local woman on June 27.

Lynn Lane Rollins, 54, listed as a nonresident at her address of 120 Valley Creek Lane, Banner Elk, was charged with possession of stolen property and goods. 

According to BRPD Detective Angel Mahaffey, Rollins was found at a house she was renting to someone else in Blowing Rock, on Rhododendron Drive, with a stolen gold urn valued at $9,000 and other items in the house's basement. 

"We were acting on a tip that we received on Mother's Day,"

Mahaffey said. "We obtained a search warrant and recovered property from a case that was originally reported to us on May 12, 2011. It was from a person who did not live here year 'round and didn't discover the property was missing until after they returned to Blowing Rock for the summer."

According to Mahaffey, the most expensive item on the list of stolen property from the case was recovered last Thursday: A large gold antique maiolica urn, valued at $9,000. Two small floral print flowerpots were also retrieved, valued at $50 apiece. 

According to Mahaffey, the victim in the case has identified all three items. 

According to the arrest report, BRPD Patrolman Troy Reynolds was the arresting officer and BRPD Patrolman Matthew Royal was the assisting officer. 

In Reynolds' report, he and Royal went to Rollins' rental house in Blowing Rock and  "found Ms. Rollins in the driveway unloading her vehicle into the house."

After informing Rollins that he had a warrant for her arrest, he let her take her dog down to another rental house before driving her to the Watauga County Magistrate's Office in Boone. 

After being advised of her Miranda rights, Rollins declined to answer any questions. She was later transported  to the Watauga County Jail. She was later released on a $7,500 secured bond. Rollins has a trial date of Aug. 20  at the Watauga Courthouse.