Crime & Courts

Rowan man charged in trailer theft from Salvation Army

A lengthy investigation has led to the arrest of a Rowan County man in connection with the theft of a trailer and other equipment from the Salvation Army five months ago, authorities say.

Gary Wayne Sherrill was arrested last week by Kannapolis police, according to the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators say the a trailer, a Caterpillar forklift and other items in the trailer were stolen around Sept. 9 from the Salvation Army on West Jake Alexander Boulevard in Salisbury. Sheriff’s deputies executed a search warrant on Nov. 22 at property on Sherrills Ford Road near Salisbury and said they found a trailer and Caterpillar forklift.

Deputies say they found some of Sherill’s belongings in the trailer. The license tags on both vehicles had been changed, but detectives said that with the help of state officials, they later determined that the trailer and forklift were the items stolen from the Salvation Army.

Sheriff’s detectives searched Sherrill’s residence in Kannapolis on Feb. 5, and two days later Kannapolis police arrested Sherrill in a detached apartment. Police charged Sherill with possession of methamphetamine, maintaining a dwelling, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

In addition, Sherrill was charged by Rowan County deputies with possession of stolen property, related to the case of the trailer and forklift.