Salisbury man already in jail charged with catalytic converter thefts

  • Posted: Monday, March 18, 2013 11:38 a.m.
Michael Lee Upright
Michael Lee Upright

SALISBURY — A Salisbury man already in the county jail with vehicle theft and breaking and entering charges faces additional charges for his involvement in the theft of catalytic converters from the East Rowan area.

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office charged Michael Lee Upright, 40, with one count of felony larceny and one count chop shop activity by theft/fraud.

He remains in the Rowan County Detention Center on a $20,000 secured bond, which was added to his previous bond. The theft of the catalytic converters occurred throughout February and warrants were issued for Upright on Thursday. Officials said thieves removed the catalytic converters from vehicles parked at the East Rowan YMCA and a number of churches on Crescent Road.

Investigators issued warrants for another Salisbury man, Trenton “TJ” Weast Jr. 21, of Ellen Street, for his involvement in the catalytic converter thefts. Weast has been added to the Sheriff’s Office most wanted list. Both men are part of a theft ring, where multiple people have been charged with breaking into homes and vehicles throughout the county in December and January.

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