Police looking for two involved in burglaries, robberies at Catawba College dorm
Published 4:43 pm Tuesday, February 21, 2017
By Shavonne Walker
SALISBURY — Police are searching for two people wanted for two burglaries and armed robberies at Catawba College’s Stanback Hall early last week.
The Salisbury Police Department said in a statement that officers are looking for Justin Traig Sterling, 21, of 3315 E. N.C. 218, Monroe, and Elias Phillip Francis, 19, of 6831 Pine Lake Lane, Mint Hill.
Police have obtained warrants for the pair after they say on Feb. 14 a dorm room was entered and clothing, electronics and jewelry were stolen. The next day, another dorm room was ransacked. The suspects went into an adjoining room and pointed a gun at the victim and demanded his and his roommate’s property. Police said the two suspects then left the building.
Catawba will be supplementing its public safety presence on campus using Salisbury police officers and Rowan County sheriff’s deputies in its daily shifts until the end of this semester.
“This will assure we have sworn law enforcement presence on campus in the event of future incidents,” she said.
Both Sterling and Francis have outstanding warrants for one count of robbery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of felony breaking and entering, and one count of felony larceny.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Sterling and Francis is asked to contact Salisbury police at 704-638-5333 or CrimeStoppers at 866-639-5245. Tips may be submitted online at http://tips.salisburyrowancrimestoppers.org/.