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blotter: Man currently in jail involved in vehicle break-ins receives additional charge

Rowan County officials added a charge to a man accused of breaking into several unlocked vehicles in a number of Salisbury neighborhoods.

Joseph Patrick Lightsey was charged with felony possession of stolen goods while at the Rowan County Detention Center. Lightsey, 28, was arrested in mid-February by Salisbury Police after he tried to pawn the stolen items.

Much of Lightsey’s criminal record includes vehicle break-ins. He is currently on three years of probation following a December conviction for felony obtaining property by false pretenses.

He has been convicted in 2012 of numerous vehicle break-ins, identity theft, credit card theft and larceny after breaking and entering. In 2011 he was convicted of more than 20 counts of breaking and entering vehicles.

In early February, vehicles in the Forest Glen, Country Club Hills and Eagle Heights neighborhoods were broken into, all of which were unlocked.

Police officials have said they see a pattern of break-ins occur when Lightsey is out of jail. In these cases vehicles weren’t the only thing broken into, some storage and outbuildings were also broken into, officials have said.

Lightsey remains in the county jail under a $20,000 secured bond.

In sheriff’s reports:

• A woman reported on Wednesday someone broke into her car and took items from inside in the 2600 block of Wyoming Drive, Kannapolis.

• A man reported on Wednesday his handgun was missing, but the family said he had dementia and they would search for the gun in the 200 block of Sutton Road, China Grove.

• A man reported on Wednesday a package was removed from his porch after a UPS delivery in the 1100 block of Holshouser Road, Rockwell.

• A man reported on Wednesday a larceny at his property in the 1000 block of Lawndale Drive.

• Debra Elaine Chandlee Denker and Eberhard Willi Denker, both 55, were charged on Wednesday with misdemeanor larceny in the 1400 block of Majolica Road.

• David Lawrence Abbott, 54, was charged on Wednesday with felony habitual impaired driver in the 1200 block of Sidney Drive.

• Jay Nathaniel Koontz, 21, was charged on Wednesday with misdemeanor simple assault in the 2300 block of West Innes Street.

In police reports:

• Habitat for Humanity Restore reported on Thursday someone shot and broke a double- paned window at the store that occurred sometime between Feb. 25 and Feb. 26.

• Police responded on Thursday and charged a subject with marijuana possession in the 300 block of South Oakhurst Drive.

• Police responded on Thursday and charged a subject with marijuana possession in the 1500 block of East Innes Street and Newsome Road.

• Police initiated a traffic stop on East Innes and South Clay streets and discovered the vehicle had a fictitious tag.

• Police responded on Thursday to a subject who possessed marijuana in the 76100 block of northbound Interstate 85.

• A man reported on Friday he was the victim of an assault while at Waffle House in the 500 block of East Innes Street.

Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253.



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