List of those involved in area break-ins, thefts grows
Investigators say they’ve tied a group of people involved in home and vehicle break-ins to a man facing charges in the theft of dozens of catalytic converters.
“It started out as an investigation as home break-ins. We weren’t sure they were related until we started making arrests. We found out they were overlapping each other,” said Rowan Sheriff’s Detective Chad Moose.
A group of Rowan residents — Jeremy Motley, his girlfriend, Haley Dial, their acquaintances Michael Lee Upright and Adolphus Bolen — were charged for their involvement in multiple vehicle and home break-ins spanning from December to January.
Authorities say Trenton Ray “TJ” Weast Jr., 21, of Ellen Street, Salisbury, is wanted in connection with the removal of dozens of catalytic converters in February from the East Rowan YMCA and several churches in the Crescent Road area. He has been placed on the agency’s Most Wanted list. Officials have also placed Christopher Dontrell Moore, 21, on its Most Wanted list.
Authorities say Moore and his friend Holden O’Brien took tires and tire mounts from a Peeler Road property in late February. Moore’s father called law enforcement when the two placed the items in a shed in his backyard. O’Brien has since been arrested and released.
Moose said a Concord man who was charged by the sheriff’s office on March 6 for a December break-in at Pearl’s Pawn and Gun Shop is also involved in the theft ring. William Lambert Jr., was arrested by Cabarrus County in January and again in February for a number of breaking and entering, larceny and vehicle theft charges. He remains there under a $570,000 secured bond.
Rowan authorities say a rock was used to break through a front door window of the pawn shop, where a thief took two gun cases, cleaning kit and extra magazines from the pawn shop.
All of the suspects and those already charged did not act together in all of the crimes, Moose said.
Rowan investigators have been working with Cabarrus County law enforcement officers, who stopped a vehicle where guns stolen from Rowan County homes were recovered. Concord authorities, Moose said, searched a vehicle and recovered a GPS stolen from a vehicle break-in from a year ago.
Some of the stolen property was recovered and returned to the owners, other items were pawned and eventually sold before investigators discovered it. Some of the stolen jewelry, Moose said, was returned, unfortunately some missing stones and other pieces broken.
“We are not sure where the rest is,” he said.
Some of the stolen power tools have been returned to owners.
Much of the scrap metal items were sold to out of state dealers.
The warrants on Weast are for felony breaking and entering, larceny and felony chop shop activity by theft for the cutting and removal of the catalytic converters.
Weast also is wanted for his involvement in the larceny of an air conditioning unit. Investigators are asking anyone with more information on these cases and on the whereabouts of Trenton Weast Jr. to contact Sgt. Jason Owens 704-216-8683, Lt. Chad Moose 704-216-8687 or Crime Stoppers 1-866-639-5245.