Sheriff: One arrested, charged in vehicle break-ins, second suspect sought

Published 10:35 am Friday, January 9, 2015

Rowan authorities have arrested one man accused of breaking into several vehicles just before the Christmas holiday and are looking for another man for his involvement in the incidents.

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office charged Michael Dale Bost, 25, of the 100 block of Drew Circle, Salisbury, with eight counts of breaking into vehicles, one count felony larceny, seven counts of misdemeanor larceny and one count felony larceny of a firearm.

Bost was arrested Wednesday night and remains in the Rowan County Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond.

Investigators are still looking for Michael Justin Putnam, 25, of Sidney Drive, Salisbury, who faces similar charges.

In December, the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division began looking several vehicle break-ins that occurred the night of Dec. 20 and the early morning of Dec. 21.

The suspects were described as white males and were seen in a red colored van leaving the Grandeur Apartment on Julian Road. The Sheriff’s Office also received reports that several cars were entered in Stone Mill development, off Old Concord Road, near Julian Road. Sheriff’s detectives were aided by an investigator from the NC Division of Motor Vehicles.

During the course of the investigation, Michael Bost and Michael Putnam were developed as suspects. The investigation revealed the men and a vehicle matching the vehicle description were in possession of stolen property from the vehicles shortly after the crimes. Warrants were obtained for Bost and Putnam.

In one of the break-ins, the suspects took a wallet from a pickup in the 7100 block of Grandeur Drive that contained $500 in cash and $500 in gift cards, $300 in baseball cards, various music CDS and a child’s game.

A vehicle at Mill Wheel Drive contained a GPS valued at $200. Another vehicle at that same address had a GPS and $30 in change stolen. A tool set was stolen from a vehicle in the 4300 block of Grandeur Drive. In the 5300 block of Grandeur Drive, officials said a GPS was taken and valued around $200.

A vehicle in the 200 block of Stone Mill Circle was broken into and a GPS was taken along with two DVD players and various CDs. Another vehicle in the 200 block of Stone Mill Circle was robbed of a Vera Bradley purse, $20 in cash and gift cards.

A warrant said a vehicle in the 100 block of Stone Mill Circle was broken into and a GPS, handgun and ammunition, jacket, and a pocket knife were stolen.

Anyone with information about these crimes or suspects is asked to contact Lt. Chad Moose at 704-216-8687 or Detective Travis Zimmerman at 704-216-8706.