Pennsylvania fugitive arrested in Salisbury

Published 11:54 am Wednesday, April 19, 2017

SALISBURY — A North Carolina man wanted in Pennsylvania on charges that he bilked a police department after a charity golf tournament was arrested in Salisbury late Tuesday.

Scott Arthur Bird, 43, of Matthews, was charged as a fugitive from justice. He was released from the Rowan County jail under a $25,000 secured bond.

According to police reports, Bird was accused of committing fraud against the Newberry Township Police Department in Pennsylvania. Officials said half of the proceeds from the golf tournament were to go to the Police Department but the department never saw the money.

A Salisbury police report said that on Tuesday night, an officer saw a blue Toyota Sienna near the Hampton Inn, 1001 Klumac Road. There had been several vehicle break-ins reported in the area, so the officer approached the vehicle. The officer saw a man inside the car sleeping in the driver’s seat.

The officer checked the car’s registration and found that Bird was the owner and was wanted in Pennsylvania on fraud charges.

The Salisbury officer requested assistance and Bird was arrested.