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One word of advice: if you have drugs in the car, don’t do anything suspicious.
Local law enforcement officers were recently alerted to a drive-off without paying at a local convenience store as well as possible stealing from a local business.
On Jan. 3, Sheriff Chris Degase and Deputy Nathan Long arrested Christopher Runolfsson in the Cooper Lumber Parking lot.
Runolfsson was wanted for questioning for a gas drive off in Ava and stealing from a local merchant.
While Deputy Long detained the suspect, Sheriff Degase began interviewing him, and subsequently items used to manufacture drugs were located in his vehicle. A chainsaw allegedly stolen out of North Carolina was also located in the vehicle.
A warrant was obtained for the arrest of Runolfsson for possession of methamphetamine precursors with the intent to manufacture, receiving stolen property, and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. Bond was set by Circuit Judge Craig Carter at $14,000 or 10 percent cash.
Runolfsson is currently incarcerated in the Douglas County Jail. The Ava Police Department has a hold on Runolfsson pending the outcome of their investigation into the gas drive off and stealing complaints.