Man Visiting Salisbury Thursday Gets his Bag Ripped Off at the Amtrak Depot. Suspect Dissapears with 186 Narcotic Pills and Items Worth $250

Posted on April 4, 2017

RFP Staff

♦ Salisbury Police sources report that John Clemons, 58, of Swicegood Road in Linwood, N.C. encountered the misfortune of becoming a victim of larceny–all other at the Salisbury Amtrak Depot on 220 Depot Street. Mr. Clemons had his bookbag snatched by one of the many street people frequenting the area between the Depot and the Gateway Park AKA “Needle Park”. Visitors from out-of town, unaware of this high-crime area, sometimes in an unguarded moment get their pocketbooks and bags stolen.

The Amtrak Depot at 220 Depot Street in Salisbury, N.C.:

Location The Amtrak Depot at 220 Depot Street in Salisbury, N.C.:

The stolen bookbag (valued at $25) contained clothing (valued at $50), personal accessories (valued at $200) as well as a goldmine in pills (186 pills some of which are narcotic) likely fetching a good price on the street. No doubt some folks achieved a decent “nod” on the benches around in Salisbury’s notorious “Needle Park”.

The Gateway Park Fountain AKA “Needle Park” Downstairs from East Innes Street in Salisbury, N.C.:

Citizens having any knowledge about this crime are urged to call the Salisbury Police at 704-638-5333. If you fear retribution, want to remain anonymous and possibly collect a reward of up to $1,000, information can be submitted 24/7 via the web: or by calling the Salisbury-Rowan Crime Stoppers at 1-866-639-5245.

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