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Recent Arrest Report from Avery County Sheriff’s Office, ‘Burlapped Bandit’ Arrested

SheriffOn June 9, Crystal Michelle Ducheneau was arrested for indecent liberties with a child. She was taken to the Avery County Jail and was released on a $25,000 secured bond, and given a court date of June 19. Upon failing to appear in court, a failure-to-appear warrant was issued for her arrest.

On June 26, 2015, officers went to a home on Spear Top Lane, and found Ducheneau hiding in a closet, and arrested her again. She now has a secured bond of $50,000.00 and a court date of June 30, 2015.

On June 6, the State Highway Patrol stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation and it was found Ricardo Raul Elizondo Jr., to be driving the vehicle. Upon further checking it was found the driver was driving on a revoked license, and had outstanding felony warrants from the state of Virginia. Mr. Elizondo was taken to the Avery County Jail and was given a $10,000 secured bond for that charge.

Sheriff’s Deputies found the charges from Virginia were felony probation violation, felony eluding arrest, driving while intoxicated, and driving without a license. He was given a $50,000 secured bond.

A fugitive from justice warrant was drawn up and issued. Mr. Elizondo signed an extradition wavier to return to Virginia. Authorities from Virginia picked Mr. Elizondo on June 15, and returned him to their jurisdiction to face those charges.

Burlap Bandit

On June 27, investigators with the Avery County Sheriff’s Office responded to a break-in at a business on Linville Falls Highway in Pineola. The owner of the business reported a camera and several other items missing from the business.

The owner and investigators were able to view digital video of the suspect inside the business attempting to conceal his identity by covering himself with burlap sack. Now dubbed the “Burlapped Bandit,” the suspect removed the burlap from his face in order to steal the cameras.

The suspect was identified as Brian Crowder. A warrant was issued for Crowder and he was arrested late on June 29. He was placed in the Avery County Jail under a $15,000.00 bond.

Burlap Bandit
The “Burlapped Bandit”