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Men charged in connection with carjacking, robbery face new charge


Cory Wayne Harrington

Daniel Scott Yates

By Shavonne Walker


SALISBURY — Two men charged in connection with December a carjacking and robbery now face new charges, says the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office.

The two are accused of stealing a car from a man who met them to sell home theater equipment. The vehicle was found overturned in High Rock Lake.

Daniel Scott Yates, 28, was charged Tuesday with one count of felony possession of stolen goods. Yates was arrested on Jan. 4 at the intersection of Stokes Ferry Road and Larin Way. He was then charged with one count of felony possession of a stolen vehicle, one count misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of carrying a concealed weapon.

He was already jailed under a $10,000 secured bond following the Jan. 4 vehicle stop. He also has a 2019 charge of methamphetamine possession. He remains in the Rowan County jail under a total bond of $21,500.

Cory Wayne Harrington, 26, was already charged with felony common law robbery for a 2019 incident as well as misdemeanor simple assault, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, misdemeanor failure to appear and felony possession of a stolen vehicle. Harrington was also charged with misdemeanor resist, obstruct, delay an officer as well as a charge of felony breaking and entering from China Grove Police. He was charged Jan. 14 with felony possession of stolen goods, according to a department report.

A Rowan sheriff’s deputy stopped a Mini Cooper at Stokes Ferry Road and Larin Way that had been reported stolen. As the vehicle stopped, Harrington jumped out and ran and was quickly caught in a nearby wooded area. Yates was stepped out of the car after officers commanded that he do so.

The two were in possession of coins that were reportedly stolen from China Grove. Yates left a Carolina Panthers bag in the patrol vehicle the night of his arrest. The bag contained several assorted coins, a report said.

The bag of coins were in Yates’ pants pocket, the sheriff’s office said. He claimed the coins belonged to him. The next day, Harrington asked the detective when he was served with an arrest warrant whether he could have the coins back because he’d had them since childhood.

During the Dec. 2019 robbery, the victim attempted to sell home theater equipment to two men. The men took possession of the vehicle, pushed the owner out of the back trunk area and took off with the equipment. The vehicle without the theater equipment was later recovered in High Rock Lake.

In 2018, Harrington also was one of two charged with using a stolen debit card that belonged to Melanie Anita Clark, who was found dead in her home.



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