Man who took tank as rain barrel charged

Published 12:00 am Friday, June 10, 2011

Man who took tank to use as rain barrel faces charges
SALISBURY — A Salisbury man faces a felony larceny charge after reportedly taking a storage container from his employer Tuesday to use as a rain barrel.
A Rowan County Sheriff’s deputy reported seeing a red Chevrolet pickup take a large crate to a construction site off Long Ferry Road near Interstate 85.
The truck, driven by Kenneth Eugene Morgan, 52, of 435 North Fisherman’s Lane, pulled out of the site without the crate. According to the report from the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office, the deputy then found a tote tank worth $500 in the woods nearby.
While an East Spencer police officer stood by with the tank, the deputy followed the truck to Morgan’s employer, Piedmont Regional Transportation at 200 Montclair Drive.
The deputy reported that when Morgan was questioned, he said the business had an extra tote tank, so he dropped it off at the construction site and was planning to make a rain barrel out of it.
But the owner of the business said Morgan did not have permission to remove the tank from the property or use it to collect rainfall.
Morgan then was arrested and charged with felony larceny by servants and other employees. He was taken to the Rowan County Detention Center and given a $2,500 bond.