A Waynesville man is behind bars after allegedly stealing five chainsaws from a firewood ministry that helps many local residents stay warm during the coldest months.

Joshua Pressley, 30, was arrested Jan. 20 and charged in the theft of the chainsaws that were stored in a vehicle on the ministry’s wood lot. The theft occurred Jan. 18.

According to court documents, Pressley allegedly broke into a locked, disabled vehicle, a 1996 Chevrolet van, and stole the Stihl chainsaws, which had a combined value of $1,500.

Three of the chainsaws were ultimately returned.

Pressley was ultimately charged with breaking and entering a motor vehicle, felony larceny and possession of stolen property.

Pressley also has a fairly extensive recent criminal history and has been charged in the past with larcenies and drug and gun charges, as well as assault on a female and assault by strangulation.

He is being held at the Haywood County Detention Center on $25,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 9.

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