Man involved in theft ring faces added charges for breaking and entering

  • Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 12:42 a.m.

Authorities have added charges to a Salisbury man already jailed for his involvement in a theft ring. The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office charged Jeremy Eugene Motley, 23, with two counts felony breaking and entering, two counts felony larceny and two counts larceny of a firearm.

The theft ring includes Motley’s girlfriend, Haley Dial, and their acquaintances Michael Lee Upright and Adolphus Bolen. Officials say they broke into multiple homes and vehicles, taking jewelry, guns, computers and construction equipment.

Arrest warrants say Motley took handguns, electronics, gold and silver coins, three computers and other items from a Peach Orchard Lane home in mid-January. A rifle, jewelry and coins were reported stolen in mid-January from another Peach Orchard Lane home. In late January to early February, a homeowner reported three Appalachian State Football rings were taken from his West Ridge Road home along with two guns. Motley remains in the county jail under a total bond of $115,000.

Law enforcement say there are others involved in the theft ring. Trenton “TJ” Weast was found by Myrtle Beach authorities arrested there in mid-March. Weast was returned to Rowan County where local officials charged him with taking numerous catalytic converters from vehicles parked at churches and the East YMCA. Weast had been on Rowan County’s Most Wanted list along with Christopher Moore, who was arrested Friday. Officials charged Holden O’Brien for his involvement along with Moore in the theft of a number of wheel mounts and tire rims from area businesses. William Lambert was arrested in Cabarrus County in January and again in February for his involvement in the theft ring.

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

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