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Rowan County break-in suspects in custody

Owensby (Rowan Sheriff's Office) Owensby (Rowan Sheriff's Office)
Robert Knox looking over his truck after it was returned to him by law enforcement (David Whisenant-WBTV) Robert Knox looking over his truck after it was returned to him by law enforcement (David Whisenant-WBTV)
Forster (Rowan Sheriff's Office) Forster (Rowan Sheriff's Office)

A man and woman added to the Rowan Sheriff's Most Wanted list Monday are in custody. Dustin Owensby, 29, and Trisha Forster, 27, are accused of multiple break-ins in the west Rowan area.

The Rowan County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday that Owensby and Forster were in custody in Mooresville after being pulled over in a traffic stop on East Plaza Drive just after 7:00 am.

Earlier this month the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office began receiving reports of vehicle larcenies, thefts, residential and vehicle break-ins. According to arrest warrants, some of the items stolen included a 2000 Chevrolet GMT, a 2000 Ford truck, two semi-automatic rifles, an air compressor, chain saws and drills. 

The items together were worth over 16,200, according to the warrant. 

Robert Knox of Rowan County was one of the victims.  

“One of our employees came in to get in the truck that he usually uses every morning and the truck wasn’t here, so he didn’t think a lot about it and he thought maybe another employee had taken it," Knox told WBTV.

A search of the farm with no sign of the truck convinced Knox that it had been stolen.

That truck was one of several taken over the last few weeks in western Rowan and part of Iredell County.

West Rowan Farm, Home, & Garden even warned its customers about what was going on, posting a message on its Facebook page.

Owensby, along with Trish Forster had just been placed on the Rowan Sheriff’s Most Wanted list last night, and then this morning they were arrested.

A stack of warrants against Owensby were taken out for vehicle theft, fraud, breaking and entering, larceny, along with weapon and drug charges.

When Robert Knox first saw his truck again, he found what investigators determined to be drug paraphernalia in the cab.

“We did find one syringe in there," Knox said.

Knox also noticed that Owensby apparently tried to spray paint the green truck, or at least parts of it, to make it appear to be black.

He says he’s glad to have it back, and is glad that arrests have been made.

“I sort of thought we might after it was spotted a day or two later, close by, so yeah, we use it every day, I wanted to get it back, so we were pleased," Knox added.

Rowan Sheriff's detectives were also joined in the investigation by the Iredell County Sheriff’s Department, Statesville PD, Mooresville PD, and the town of Cleveland Police Department.

Through the course of this multiple jurisdiction investigation, warrants were obtained for Owensby. Owensby has lived in Salisbury and Troutman, but was thought to be in the Mooresville area of Iredell County.

Investigators say Owensby was being assisted in the crimes by Forster, of Statesville.

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office currently holds several felony warrants for Owensby and Forster for multiple counts of motor vehicle larceny, breaking, entering and larceny, felony larceny, financial card theft and forgery.

Statesville Police and the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office also hold warrants for Owensby and more charges are likely as more investigative leads are followed.

Dustin Owensby is being held under $50,000 for charges in Iredell County and $75,000 for charges in Rowan County

Anyone with additional information on Owensby, Foster, or any of the suspects on the Most Wanted List, can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866- 639-5245, Lt. Chad Moose (704) 216-8687, or Sergeant Rodney Mahaley (704) 216-8711.

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