Neighbor foils house break-in after spotting suspicious vehicle

Published 11:10 am Thursday, September 5, 2019

By Shavonne Walker

SALISBURY — A woman foiled a break-in at her neighbor’s home when she spotted a suspicious vehicle in the driveway.

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office charged Jonathan Todd Trexler, 51, of the 200 block of Kay Street, with misdemeanor breaking and entering; felony possession a controlled substance Schedule II; misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance Schedule VI; misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia; and misdemeanor first-degree trespassing.

The woman said a white Nissan Altima pulled into her driveway Tuesday morning. When the driver saw her, he backed out. The car then pulled into her neighbor’s driveway in the 8000 block of Old Concord Road.

The woman said the occupants told her they were waiting for someone, but the car remained in the driveway for at least 30 minutes. She called her neighbor, who was out of town for work, and he said no one should be at his home. She told him she thought someone was stealing, so she called 911.

Two deputies arrived within six minutes and went inside a back sliding-glass door that was unlocked. When a deputy called out inside the house, a man responded and emerged from the master bedroom. He was searched, and officers found some marijuana and a glass smoking pipe.

The man told the deputies that he probably had narcotics on him, but a search turned up nothing. The deputies then searched the bedroom and found a yellow plastic bag with a crystal-like substance inside.

When asked why he was in the house, Trexler said he was there to seek help, the deputies reported. He said he had been handcuffed by a man named Flip at the house of a woman named Cricket. The deputies report said they believed his behavior indicated he was under the influence.

Trexler was issued a $10,000 secured bond and remains in the Rowan County Detention Center.