Salisbury man already jail faces more larceny charges

  • Posted: Saturday, April 13, 2013 12:11 a.m.
    UPDATED: Saturday, April 13, 2013 12:51 a.m.
Michael Lee Upright
Michael Lee Upright

A Salisbury man who authorities earlier this year said was involved in a theft ring has been charged with breaking into three more homes.

Michael Lee Upright, 40, of Archer Road, has been charged with three counts of felony larceny, one count of misdemeanor larceny and one count of felony larceny of a motor vehicle.

Authorities say Upright was one of a group who stole catalytic converters from several vehicles in eastern Rowan County and broke into numerous homes throughout Rowan from December through February.

Investigators say that in January he stole a 1999 Chevrolet pickup from a China Grove home along with more than $7,000 worth of construction equipment and tools, batteries and scrap metal.

In February, authorities say, Upright stole tires, rims, wheels, batteries, oil, a trailer and stereo from a Mooresville home. He’s also been connected to the theft of a $5,000 Honda ATV from a Patterson Road home.

Rowan County Sheriff’s Office investigators have identified at least six people they say have robbed area businesses and homeowners of vehicles, scrap metal, tools, jewelry and handguns in incidents that have overlapped, leading investigators to more arrests and charges.

Upright remains in the Rowan County Detention Center under an additional $25,000 secured bond on the latest charges, bringing his total bond to $170,000.

Contact reporter Shavonne Potts at 704-797-4253. Twitter: Facebook:

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