• 72°

Thief breaks into church steals gun, karaoke machine, other items

By Shavonne Potts

SALISBURY — Salisbury police are looking into who broke into a local church and stole items that include sound equipment.

The incident occurred sometime on Saturday evening and was discovered the same day. According to police, the thief stole items that included a handgun, electronics, and a karaoke machine. Some items were found in a trash can near a door.

According to detective Russ DeSantis, it’s unknown at this time how the thief gained entry into the church.

There were no signs of forced entry reported or observed.  A window in the women’s bathroom was found open, but it did not appear that this was the entry point, DeSantis said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Salisbury Police Department at 704-797-4253 or Salisbury-Rowan Crime Stoppers at 1-866-639-5245.

In other Salisbury Police Department reports

• Team Chevrolet reported on Friday someone stole a vehicle from the business, located 404 S. Jake Alexander Blvd.

• A man reported on Friday he was the victim of a knife assault while in the 200 block of North Long Street.

• A woman reported on Friday someone attempted to break into her home in the 100 block of East 11th Street.

• A vehicle was stolen Friday from the 100 block of Tall Pine Circle during a residential break-in that occurred there.

• Several motor vehicles were broken into parked at the Home2 Suites by Hilton, located at 1300 S. Jake Alexander Blvd., and items were stolen from the vehicles.

• A man reported on Saturday someone stole items from his vehicle while parked overnight at Team Chevrolet, 404 S. Jake Alexander Blvd.

• A man reported on Sunday he was the victim of vandalism in the 500 block of East Cemetery Street.

• A man reported someone vandalized his property sometime between Saturday and Sunday in the 1600 block of North Long Street.

• A man reported on Sunday his roommate stole from him while in the 400 block of Elm Street.

In Rowan County Sheriff’s Office reports

• George Melvin McGee, 31, was charged on Thursday with felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture a schedule VI while at the Rowan County Magistrate’s Office.



In lieu of annual festival, New Sarum turns Cheerwine beer release into celebration


RSS says federal money won’t be long-term solution for staff pay

China Grove

Main Street Marketplace combines local ingredients, community with farm-to-table dinner


Business roundup: New managing director takes helm at Piedmont Players Theatre


COVID-19 cases continue decline as week brings 12 new deaths


Letter: Privileged to work where artists are valued

Brincefield Cartoons

Mook’s Place: COVID-19


Library notes: New podcast coming in October


In ‘This is Salisbury,’ Manier paints people who make city a better place to live


Stokes earns best in show at Carolina Artists Guild’s Expo


Livingstone College passes goal for UNCF kickoff


Commissioners to consider tax incentives for developer planning 63,000-square-foot facility in southern Rowan


OctoberTour will return to in-person tours, require proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 tests


Keepin it poppin’: The Old 97 Kettlecorn Company adapts during pandemic, earns honor

East Spencer

East Spencer mayor says board knew about new administrator’s sexual battery charge before hiring


College football: Catawba holds on for 3-0 start


Salisbury-based Lutheran Services Carolinas expands refugee program


Trailblazing tourist trip to orbit ends with splashdown


One stunning afternoon: Setbacks imperil Biden’s reset


Defense witness gives tearful account of deadly shooting in Fishzilla murder trial

News Main

High school football: Hornets easily handle unbeaten Thomasville; North, Davie also romp


Judges strike down state’s voter ID law


Jury finds Robert Durst guilty of best friend’s murder


Jeffrey MacDonald ends release appeal from infamous 1970 slayings