Salisbury teen charged in home invasion; second suspect sought

Published 10:37 am Thursday, February 9, 2017

By Shavonne Walker

SALISBURY — Police say a teen was charged following a late Wednesday night home invasion in the Corbin Acres subdivision while the homeowner was still on the phone with 911. A second suspect is still being sought by authorities, officials said.

Salisbury Police charged Myron Sanders, 18, of the 6700 block of Long Branch Road, with first-degree burglary.

A woman called 911 around 10:30 p.m. and said she heard someone kick in her back door and said they were still in her house, in the 1800 block of Woodbridge Drive, off Newsome Road. When police arrived, one officer went in through the back and saw the door was open and had a muddy footprint on it.

An officer noted he could hear someone rustling inside the home and ordered the person to come out with their hands up, said Police Capt. Melonie Thompson.

She said the burglar ran, unlocked the front door and ran out as an officer began pursuit. Another officer ran around the back. The officers caught up to the teen at Askin Lane and chased him into a nearby wooded area. The teen was caught a short distance later. Police later discovered a second suspect was upstairs at the time of the burglary and ran out as the officers chased Sanders.

The downstairs was ransacked and the suspects had tracked red clay onto the homeowner’s white carpet, causing $2,000 in damage. The homeowner said the suspects took a Playstation 4, iPad, netbook, her son’s backpack, her Michael Kors purse and its contents, including a wallet and $25.

Police spoke with three people believed to be riding in the suspects’ vehicle, but all were cooperative and told officers they had no idea what was going on and were not charged, Thompson said.

The owners’ stolen items were found at a nearby house. When police walked through the neighborhood they spoke with a woman who told them the suspects knocked on her door about 30 minutes prior to the burglary. They asked if a particular person lived there and when she replied no, they left.

Police believe the suspects were looking for a home where the homeowners were either not there or asleep. The Woodbridge Drive home looked unoccupied. The owner and her two small children had been asleep.

Sanders remains in the Rowan County Detention Center under a $100,000 secured bond.