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Salisbury men charged with stealing ATV may be connected to other ATV thefts

By Shavonne Potts

Salisbury Post

Two Salisbury men were charged with stealing and then trying to sell an all-terrain vehicle. One of the men is also charged with three breaking and entering incidents.

On Nov. 26, the Rowan County Sheriff’s Department was called to the Village Pantry at U.S. 601 to investigate the theft of cigarettes, ham and bacon.

On Dec. 6, someone broke into the the store again and stole food items and a carton of cigarettes.

Another business, Shoaf’s Barn Dance, also on U.S. 601, was broken into.

Owner Jim Shoaf had not yet reported the incident, when investigators approached him. Shoaf told them tools were missing.

Michael Wesley Stevens, 24, of 440 Old Wood Lane, was developed as a suspect in the three break-ins. He is charged with obtaining property by false pretense, felony larceny, possession of stolen goods, three counts felony breaking and entering and three counts of felony larceny after breaking and entering.

He remains in the Rowan County Detention Center under a $10,000 bond.

Stevens along with Jason Lee Church, 23, of 185 Memory Lane, were developed as suspects in the theft of an ATV.

Church was charged with obtaining property by false pretense, larceny and possession of stolen property. He was released from the Rowan County Detention Center on $4,500 bond.

On Wednesday, someone talked to authorities after they bought an ATV from Church and Stevens. Investigators suspect the two are involved in the theft of other ATVs.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Investigator Adam Loflin at 704-216-8700.

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