One of Rowan’s most wanted found in Myrtle Beach

  • Posted: Friday, March 15, 2013 8:22 p.m.
Trenton "TJ" Weast Jr.

SALISBURY — A Salisbury man wanted in connection with the theft of dozens of catalytic converters has been found in Myrtle Beach.

On Thursday, detectives with the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office received information that Trenton “TJ” Weast Jr., 21, of Ellen Street, may have fled to Myrtle Beach.

Rowan investigators made contact with Myrtle Beach authorities, and Weast was located and arrested and is now awaiting his return to Rowan County.

Weast had been placed on the Sheriff’s Most Wanted List on Wednesday.

Authorities say he is connected to the removal of dozens of catalytic converters in February from the East Rowan YMCA and several churches in the Crescent Road area.

He has also been tied to a group of Rowan residents charged for their involvement in multiple vehicle and home break-ins spanning from December to January.

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. O’Brien has since been arrested and released.

A Concord man who was charged for a December break-in at Pearl’s Pawn and Gun Shop has also been tied to the theft ring.

Not all of the suspects acted together in all of the crimes, officials said.

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.

The investigation into the theft ring continues.

Investigators are asking anyone with more information about these crimes is asked to contact the Rowan Country Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division at 704-216-8687.

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