Hillsboro man allegedly stole family’s guns

Affidavit says suspect told officer he has heroin problem

By Sarah Allen - [email protected]

A Hillsboro man is facing a total of three charges, including two felonies, after allegedly taking and selling guns and other items belonging to relatives.

According to an affidavit filed with the Hillsboro Municipal Court, one of the alleged victims contacted the Highland County Sheriff’s Office Sunday afternoon. She reportedly told the responding deputy that Charles A. Hall, 28, “confessed to taking items belonging to her and her husband,” as stated in the affidavit. In addition, she also reported that two guns were missing from another relative’s home and that they “suspected that (Hall) did that as well,” the affidavit added.

Later, during questioning, Hall allegedly “advised that he did take items” from the first home and “that he took two guns” from the other home, according to the affidavit.

The affidavit added that Hall allegedly said he sold the items to a swap shop and the guns to a neighbor.

The deputy reported that the firearms were recovered on Monday. Hall allegedly “advised (the deputy) that he has a problem with heroin and needs help,” the affidavit stated.

Hall was charged with third-degree felonies burglary and theft, as well as first-degree misdemeanor theft, according to municipal court records. He is scheduled to appear on his charges Wednesday.

Also set to appear in municipal court Wednesday are two men are facing charges for theft and possession of criminal tools.

An affidavit filed with the court stated that Kmart loss prevention contacted the Hillsboro Police Department shortly before noon on Monday.

Upon officer arrival, an employee reported that “a male subject in the store had concealed several items inside his black coveralls,” according to the affidavit.

After the employee pointed out the suspect – later identified as Noah Miller, 21, Peebles – the officer stopped him. He was later taken to the loss prevention office, where items totaling $44.93 were recovered from him, as stated in the affidavit.

Another male – identified as Thomas Barden, 21, Peebles – was also detained at that time. According to the affidavit, “There were several items sitting on the desk which Barden stated he had concealed and was attempting to take, valued at $54.21.”

The affidavit added that “both Miller and Barden had knives upon them” and that they had allegedly “used (the) knives to open the packages to remove the items and conceal them.”

Municipal court records said that Miller and Barden are both charged with first-degree misdemeanors theft and possession of criminal tools. They are scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday.

Reach Sarah Allen at 937-393-3456, ext. 1680, or on Twitter @SarahAllenHTG.

Affidavit says suspect told officer he has heroin problem

By Sarah Allen

[email protected]