Police seek men charged with felony larceny and breaking into motor vehicle

Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 3, 2009

By Shavonne Potts

Salisbury Post

Authorities are searching for two Rowan County men who stole items from a local businessman’s car and pulled a gun on him.

In early November, Donny Eller Brown of Donny’s Western Store, reported that he caught two men in the act of stealing items from his truck while it was parked at his business at 12725 U.S. 52, Gold Hill.

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Department has issued warrants for the arrest of Bobby Lee Craig III, 25, of 108 Sage Lane, Rockwell, and Jamie Lee Grooms, 22, of 243 Westhaven Way, China Grove.

The men are charged with felony larceny and breaking and entering a motor vehicle.

Brown told authorities he heard music coming from outside and when he went to check, a man was inside his car. The man pointed a gun at Brown, but he told deputies the suspect returned the gun and the suspects fled when he drew his own weapon and pointed it at the suspect.

The suspect was using Brown’s own gun against him. The men jumped into a nearby sport utility vehicle and they left.

The men took a cell phone, checkbook and two loaded gun clips.

Craig was charged in June with breaking into the safe at Enochville Food Center in Kannapolis. In that incident, a clerk who worked at the store provided a key to gain access to the safe.

Craig has multiple convictions dating back to 1997 that include breaking and entering, driving while impaired, hit and run, simple assault and assault on a police officer.

Grooms was convicted in March 2002 for breaking and entering in Rowan County and in January of that same year in Bladen County for breaking and entering.

In 2001, he was convicted of breaking and entering in Bladen County.

Contact Shavonne Potts at 704-797-4253 or spotts@salisburypost.com.