Man accused of stealing purses

Published 12:00 am Saturday, April 30, 2011

SALISBURY — A Spencer man is behind bars under a $100,000 bond on charges of buying a gold tooth cover from New York Jewelry using two stolen credit cards.
Salisbury police charged Alan Thomas Vann Jr., 19, of 606 S. Carolina Ave. with obtaining property by false pretense, breaking and entering a motor vehicle, misdemeanor larceny and common law robbery, possession of a gun and possession of a gun by a felon.
According to the arrest warrant, Vann made a downpayment on the decorations for his teeth at the store inside the Salisbury Mall using a Mocksville woman’s credit card.
He later used a Salisbury woman’s credit card to purchase the jewelry for $425.
The warrant said Vann broke into a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu, taking a purse containing a Salisbury woman’s credit cards, checkbook and $21 in cash.
Vann also took $500 from a Salisbury woman by force, according to the warrant.
The purse Vann is accused of stealing a Mocksville woman’s purse that contained cash, credit cards, a checkbook and a Nokia cell phone valued at $150.
Vann is on parole for a felony larceny conviction from November.
He was also convicted of misdemeanor larceny in October 2008.
He was placed in the Rowan County Detention Center Saturday evening.