A Wake County tow truck driver was arrested Wednesday on sheriff's investigators’ charges that he had 3.3 pounds of marijuana along with anabolic steroids, had been part of a scheme to steal from stores and had four guns that were illegal because he is a felon.
Tony Leo Harris, 41, was arrested at the house he owns with his wife at 1312 Rocky Gap Circle in southeastern Wake County.
One of the arrest warrants charging Harris states that he used a business at 6400 Poole Road to keep and sell drugs. Online real estate sites report the building, which had housed Carolina Auto Body Repair, is vacant and owned by a private investment company.
Harris is listed in arrest records as working for Hollywood Towing.
Arrest warrants charged Harris with conspiring with others to steal items worth more than $1,500 from businesses with a 90-day period. They did not name the others or list specific instances.
One warrant charges that Harris had 1.516 kilograms of marijuana, a little over 3.3 pounds, and 14 pills of Danabol, an anabolic steroid listed as a controlled rug in North Carolina.
Two other warrants accused Harris of two counts of gun posession by a felon and listed a .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol, a .223-caliber assault rifle, a .38-caliber revolver and a .38-caliber derringer.
Investigators cited Harris’ conviction in 2000 for a felony offense of converting valuables or money to his own use after being entrusted with it. Felons are not permitted to have firearms.
Harris was convicted at the same time for assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. In 2001, he was convicted of falsely collecting insurance benefits, a felony, and in of obtaining property by false pretenses in 2014.
Harris also has numerous misdemeanor convictions since 1992. Courts have always imposed probation for his crimes.
A magistrate set Harris’ bail at $250,000. He was scheduled for a Thursday court appearance.