Man charged with fleeing from police after breaking into multiple vehicles

Published 12:00 am Friday, May 31, 2024

SALISBURY — A man has been charged after police said he fled in a vehicle after attempting to break into multiple cars on Wednesday.

Police initially responded to the 1300 block of Keystone Drive at approximately 4:30 a.m.  after they received information that two people were going around and entering or attempting to enter multiple cars, said Major Justin Crews, public information officer for the Salisbury Police Department. When officers arrived in the area, they reportedly observed a vehicle leaving the area.

When the officers attempted to get behind the vehicle and get the license plate information, the vehicle sped off at a high rate of speed, Crews said. Officers reportedly pursued the vehicle south along U.S. Highway 29 until it stopped at the intersection of N.C. Highway 152 in China Grove.

There, officers took the driver, identified as 18-year-old Ke’shawn Omarion Mason, and a juvenile passenger into custody.

Mason was transported to the Rowan County Magistrate’s Office, where he was charged with felony conspiracy to commit a felony, felony breaking and entering into vehicles, felony possessing stolen goods, felony fleeing to elude arrest, misdemeanor injury to personal property, misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor, misdemeanor child abuse, misdemeanor reckless driving to endanger, misdemeanor speeding more than 15 mph over the limit and misdemeanor driving without an operator’s license.

Crews said that the possession of stolen goods charge stemmed from an officer’s discovery during the incident that the vehicle Mason was driving had been reported as stolen.

Mason was placed in the Rowan County Detention Center and given a $105,000 bond by Magistrate Benjamin Franklin.

The juvenile was charged and placed into secure custody at Cabarrus Regional Juvenile Detention Center, Crews said.