Son finds dad’s stolen items for sale on Facebook

Published 11:20 am Wednesday, August 10, 2016

By Shavonne Walker

SALISBURY — A Salisbury man was able to recover his stolen items after his son tracked them to an online social media yard sale. The man reported that several tools and other equipment had been taken from his garage.

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office charged two people involved in the theft and the sale of the stolen items, some of which were also pawned.

Jeremy Warren Price, 18, of the 1600 block of Bringle Ferry Road, Apt. 8, was charged with two counts of felony breaking and entering into a building, felony breaking and entering a motor vehicle, felony larceny, misdemeanor larceny, felony obtaining property by false pretenses, and eight counts of felony probation violation.

Investigators also charged Holly Geanean Stirewalt, 19, of the 6100 block of Bringle Ferry Road, with felony obtaining property by false pretenses.

Officials went to Beagle Club Road to follow up with the property owner, Wayne File, for a break-in that occurred Aug. 3 at his home. Someone tried to break in through a garage window, but he had bars on them. He told investigators the person responsible was able to lift the door on an unlocked garage.

The person gained entry and took several tools. File’s son found the tools were being sold on a Facebook sale. He recognized the items and agreed to meet the seller. A Rowan Sheriff’s deputy went with them as the property owner agreed to meet at Charlie’s Mart on Faith Road.

The seller told the victim he got the items from a guy, Jeremy Price. File also had a four-wheeler stolen that was found at a home on Moon River Road. Stirewalt admitted to pawning some items for Jeremy Price.

A chainsaw, band saw, two drills, jig saw and battery charger were pawned at Frank’s Pawn Shop, North Main Street, in exchange for $90.

Warrants show Price broke into a Toyota Tundra pickup and residence at Beagle Club Road where he took a Black & Decker cordless drill and a briefcase, together valued at $140.

File’s Beagle Club Road home was broken into and two Stihl chainsaws, a Yamaha four-wheeler, a Black & Decker grinder and John Deere chainsaw were taken, together valued at $10,000.

This is not the first time Price was charged with breaking into property. He was charged in February with breaking into two vehicles where investigators say he took a personal vaporizer and a revolver as well as an Acer laptop and iPhone from a home.

Price was charged with breaking into a Stokes Ferry Road home in December. He appeared intoxicated and told the homeowner he was looking for someone. She told him the person was outside and when he walked outside, she locked the door behind him and called 911.

Price also has warrants for eight counts of felony probation violation. He remains in the Rowan County Detention Center under a $130,000 secured bond.

Stirewalt has since been released under a $500 secured bond.