Pair arrested for multiple burglaries of residential sheds, storage trailers
SALISBURY, Md. – Salisbury Police say two men have been arrested in connection to multiple recent burglaries.
Police say during the month of August as well as the beginning of September, investigations began into reported burglaries to residential sheds and construction type storage trailers. In many of the incidents, the complainants have reported that yard equipment and power tools were stolen.
During the late night hours of September 11th and into the early morning hours of September 12th, members of the Salisbury Police Department conducted a covert operation in response to the burglary investigations. At around 3 a.m., an officer observed 43-year-old Kenneth Gattis riding a bicycle while appearing to be carrying a piece of construction equipment. The bicycle he was riding did not have adequate lighting, and the officer stopped Gattis in the 300 block of Penn Street. Officers also had contact with 69-year-old Robert Johnson who lives in the area where Gattis was stopped.
During contact with Johnson, officers discovered an amount of suspected cocaine indicative of an intent to distribute store in his residence in plain view.
Further investigation revealed that a construction trailed in the 100 block of Center Street had been recently burglarized. It was then determined that the piece of equipment Gattis was carrying was stolen from the construction trailer. After obtaining and executing a search and seizure warrant on Johnson’s residence, officers recovered numerous items including stolen yard equipment, power tools, and a loaded revolver style handgun.
Both men were subsequently arrested. Gattis was charged with second and fourth degree burglary, theft, and trespassing, while Johnson was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of a controlled dangerous substance with the intent to distribute.
Police say the investigation is ongoing, and further charges are pending for both men.