Sheriff’s office investigating string of car break-ins

Published 12:00 am Friday, June 3, 2016

By Rebecca Rider

SALISBURY — Sheriff’s deputies are looking for clues after multiple vehicle break-ins at an apartment complex off Julian Road.

On Tuesday, the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office investigated eight reports of items stolen from cars parked at the Grand on Julian apartment complex. Most victims reported that they couldn’t remember if their cars were locked at the time of the break-in. One victim, Bryan Beaver, told deputies that his passenger side window was broken out. Beaver also said that his car would not crank, and he believed the culprits made a failed attempt to hot-wire the car.

Thefts occurred between Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning. Several residents reported stolen wallets containing cash and social security cards. Other items include: a Leatherman multi-tool, a beige pair of Vans, an international driver’s license belonging to Juan Mortimer, approximately $300 in cash, a $50 Visa gift card, two pairs of sunglasses, a pair of OEM iPhone earbuds, baseballs, gold coins, a Garmin GPS, and iPhone, a pair of Costa Del Mar sunglasses and a pair of blue, purple and gold Lebron James Nike tennis shoes valued at $315.

Other residents reported that nothing was missing, but their cars had been searched.

Mortimer also reported that his apartment had been ransacked. Mortimer told deputies that on Tuesday evening at 8:40 p.m. he left to check his mail. Mortimer said he left his apartment door unlocked because he was “coming right back.” When he returned approximately 30 minutes later, he said someone had gone into his apartment and knocked over or torn apart all his chairs.

Mortimer said that a TV, laptop computer, work cellphone, Apple iWatch and 16 pairs of Nike tennis shoes were missing from his apartment. According to reports, deputies attempted to trace the phone, but the request was declined by communications since it was not a life or death situation. Neighbors on the same floor said they didn’t see or hear anything.

Anyone with information regarding these incidents should contact the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office at 704-216-8700 and ask for investigations, or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 1-866-639-5245.

Contact reporter Rebecca Rider at 704-797-4264.