Police dog walks up to man charged in Terrace Drive break-in

Published 10:44 am Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Police say a Salisbury man was charged with breaking into a Terrace Drive home after the homeowner caught him coming from the property.

Salisbury Police charged Jason Paul Elliott, 37, of the 9100 block of Stokes Ferry Road, with felony breaking and entering and felony larceny after breaking and entering.

According to Police Capt. Shelia Lingle, the homeowner returned home Tuesday around 2 p.m. and saw Elliott walking out her back door. She took off after him, but lost him shortly thereafter. The home is located just off Morlan Park Road.

She told authorities he was a white male in his 30s, he was leaving on foot and wearing a mask over his face.

Officers found a black mask in a driveway not far from the break-in, as well as a book bag, along with mittens and a shirt, in the woods.

Police caught up to a man near Faith Road and he matched the description of the suspect. Police said K-9 Xero had been searching the area for the suspect and walked up to him while he was at a police patrol car. Officers were, at the time, trying to determine if the man they had in custody was the burglary suspect.

Police were able to recover a .22-caliber handgun and a 9 mm handgun that were stolen from the house, along with some jewelry and video games.

The suspect forced his way into the home by prying the back door.

Elliott remains in the Rowan County Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond. Elliott was convicted in mid-January of misdemeanor larceny and is currently in the midst of 18 months of probation. He was also convicted in 1998 of misdemeanor larceny.

Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253.