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Salisbury man convicted of armed robbery, burglary, other offenses

SALISBURY — A Salisbury man will serve over six years following a Monday conviction in Rowan County Superior Court for armed robbery, burglary and other felony offenses.

Officials said Arthur James Jackson, 40, was responsible for a number of burglaries in Salisbury from Dec. 18 to Dec. 24, 2013, where jewelry, money and other items were taken.

Jackson was convicted of felony robbery with a dangerous weapon, felony attempted first-degree burglary, felony larceny, and several counts of felony second-degree burglary, felony breaking and/or entering, and felony larceny after breaking and/or entering.

Judge Joseph N. Crosswhite sentenced Jackson to a minimum of 73 months to a maximum of 100 months in prison.

During the December 2013 time period, the police department received several calls involving burglaries.

Officers with the Salisbury Police Department received a call from a residence on Yost Street. The victim said she was asleep in her bedroom when a noise woke her up. She saw what appeared to be a tall man standing in her bedroom near her dresser. The woman said she reached for a club and the man left. She did not recognize the man and it appeared he entered her home through a rear sliding glass door. The victim noticed her watch and a ring were missing.

Officers received a call from Lloyd Street in Salisbury where the victim said she was asleep when she was awakened by a tall black man who demanded money. The man told the victim not to call the police. She told investigators she gave the man $200 and asked him he not to hurt her. She said the man took the money and ran out of her home.

A West Corriher Avenue victim told police someone broke into her home while she was away for the weekend and several items had been stolen.

At or near the same time, officers responded to an attempted burglary on West Corriher Avenue. The caller said his children noticed two black males behind his neighbor’s home and he chased them away. The homeowner said to officers she was unaware her bedroom window had been broken into with a brick that was found in her bedroom.

A woman on Ackert Avenue found a broken window on her back door. Police did not find anyone in her home. She said several items had been taken, including a camera and jewelry.

Officers responded to West Monroe Street where a woman said she had been out of town. When she returned her home it had been broken into and several items including a coin collection, had been stolen. Officers observed a glass window had been removed from the home.

On Jan. 6, 2013, one of Jackson’s family members told police she had been in his home recently and noticed women’s jewelry that did not belong to him. The family member removed the jewelry from Jackson’s home and showed it to the officers. Police were able to determine some of the items were taken from the victims’ homes.

On April 23, 2013, a victim told officers her home had been broken into three days prior on West Horah Street. The woman was in her home and heard what sounded like a door lock turning but she did not think anything of it. When she woke up the next morning, she noticed a computer was missing.

A search warrant was served at Jackson’s home and officers located some of the stolen items that had been taken. Jackson had been previously convicted of felony breaking and/or entering, among other convictions.

District Attorney Brandy Cook said she appreciated “the work of Assistant District Attorney Kristina Scally in holding Jackson accountable for his criminal conduct that affected several innocent victims.”

Cook said Jackson’s active prison sentence was the result of the thorough investigation conducted by the Salisbury Police Department, along with the cooperation from one of Jackson’s family members, who came forward with important information to help solve the cases.

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