Salisbury Police charge two with stealing vehicles from Raleigh towing company

Published 1:47 pm Tuesday, October 17, 2017

SALISBURY — Two Charlotte men were charged Tuesday with stealing a tow truck and another vehicle from a Raleigh business.

Police say the owner of the vehicles tracked the men to Salisbury using a GPS system. The owner contacted local authorities just after 7 a.m. Tuesday and gave them information about where they could find the vehicles. Police officers went to the area to find them.

Salisbury police said one suspect gave up willingly and the other ran but was quickly apprehended.

Police charged Jonathan Marquis Stitt, 29, of the 200 block of Vickery Drive, Charlotte, with felony possession of a stolen vehicle. Sir Marquise Battle, 30, of the 3600 block of Citiside Drive, Charlotte, was charged with felony possession of a stolen vehicle.

According to an arrest warrant, Battle stole a 2015 Dodge Ram owned by Todd Tyndall. He was also charged with felony hit and run; failure to stop/property damage; misdemeanor resisting an officer; and misdemeanor injury to real property.

The men were traveling on Interstate 85 and, when they realized they had been spotted, got off the highway at the Jake Alexander Boulevard exit. They pulled into the Waffle House parking lot. When police approached, the two vehicles were parked at Waffle House, 936 S. Jake Alexander Blvd.

According to an arrest warrant, Battle took off in the pickup but soon crashed into a septic tank system and a fence owned by Waffle House. He was trying to make it back onto Interstate 85, according to a police detective. The crash happened near the on-ramp entrance.

Battle ran from the vehicle and was arrested behind CiCi’s Pizza, said police Capt. Shelia Lingle.

The vehicle driven by Stitt was a 2017 Ford Super Duty tow truck. Both vehicles belonged to Bobby’s Towing and Recovery in Raleigh, a warrant said.

Salisbury Police officers respond to the Waffle House at South Jake Alexander Boulevard early Tuesday morning after two stolen vehicles were located there. Police officials say two men stole a pickup truck and a tow truck from a Raleigh towing company. The men were quickly apprehended. Photo by David Whisenant

The warrant said the resisting arrest charge resulted when Battle was ordered to stop, first in the vehicle but then when he got out and ran.

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office and the N.C. State Highway Patrol assisted in the arrests.

Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253.