On 06/22/2020, the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office began investigating a string of Larcenies of dirtbikes, ATV’s, car break-ins, and building break-ins occurring the eastern part of the county. The suspect was breaking into buildings and stealing dirtbikes and 4 wheelers. Detectives with the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office were able to determine that a 15 year old Juvenile had committed these crimes, and in one instance the juvenile broke into a building on two separate occasions. The victim caught him in the act of stealing the same dirt bike after it had been recovered the first time and the juvenile fled the scene after shooting at the victim. The juvenile was stopped on 08/06/2020 on a stolen moped and was in possession of stolen items from the vehicles that had been broken into, along with a stolen firearm.
The juvenile has been charged with 1 count of Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Intent to Kill; 14 counts of Larceny of a Motor Vehicle for stealing the dirtbikes, 4 wheelers and one golf cart; 10 counts of B & E to a Motor Vehicle; 9 counts of Larceny after B & E; 11 counts of B & E; 2 counts of Larceny of a Firearm; 1 count of Trespassing; 3 counts of Misdemeanor Larceny; 1 count of Injury to personal property; 2 counts of Felony Larceny; 3 counts of Possession of Stolen Goods; 1 count of Possession of a Stolen Vehicle; 1 count of Possession of Sch II Controlled Substance; and 1 count of Possession of Marijuana. A secure custody order was obtained for the juvenile by the Sheriff’s Office.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-639-5245, 1st Lt Rodney Mahaley 704-216-8711, 1st Sgt Ollie Greene 704-216-8686 or Detective Josh Simmons 704-216-8662.