SCP Responds to Trespassing / Vandalism Reports on Valley Haven Drive

On Sunday March 14, 2010 at 7:53 PM Stonehaven Community Patrol Officer Brian Lutes responded to reports of vandalism & trespassing from two Valley Haven Road residents.

One resident reported that a tree house he had built for his daughter at the rear of his residence was entered and vandalized by a group of children / teens on two separate occasions earlier in the day.

The first incident occurred around 4:45 PM when the resident’s wife observed a group of “kids” around the tree house, located in a wooded area about 20 feet from the family’s back yard, and telephoned the resident who was at a nearby grocery store to alert him.

Upon arriving at his home the resident went to the tree house and found that a large plate-glass window, valued at approximately $400, he had installed in the tree house had been shattered from the outside. He also noted that the door into the tree house was still locked with a pad-lock.

Later, around 7:30 PM, another resident living just two doors up from the family with the tree house observed a group of approximately 8 kids / teens, some black, some white, whom he estimated ranged in age from 10 – 17 years old, walking on his property at the rear of his home from the direction of the location of the tree house.

The resident yelled to the group to get off of his property resulting in the group shouting profanities back to him. The resident then watched the group continue to travel across wooded lots (private properties) toward Thermal Rd.

The resident picked up his cell phone and began trailing the group to learn where they were going when the group began threatening the resident by telling him “We know where you live, we’ll burn your house down” with mixed in profanities. the resident continued to trail the group and observed them walk down Thermal Rd. toward the Stonehaven Apartments and then run into the wooded area adjacent to the condominiums and up into the Glenncove Apartments.

When the resident returned to his home he spoke with the tree house resident and told him of what had just happened.

The tree house resident then returned to the tree house and found that the tree house door had now been “kicked in”.

Apparently the group of “kids” boldly “returned to the scene of the crime” (the vandalized tree house) and did more damage when they knew they had been seen earlier and then threatened a property owner with arson.

Off. Lutes observed the damage to the tree house, estimated to exceed $1,000 total, and was shown the wooded areas trails apparently used by the “kids”.

The residents were advised to immediately call the SCP if the “kids” are seen in the area in the future and that the SCP would check the areas behind their homes and the trails as often as possible.

Anyone observing any suspicious activity should call  SCP Officer Brian Lutes at 980-297-8446.

Published in: on March 22, 2010 at 4:56 pm  Leave a Comment  

SCP Responds to Suspicious Person Call at Burlwood Rd. & Sonata Pl. Intersection

On Saturday March 21 at 10:22 AM  a Crime Prevention Officer from the Stonehaven Community Patrol (SCP) responded to a resident’s report of a suspicious person standing at the intersection of Burlwood Rd. & Sonata Place.

The resident reported that she hadn’t seen the man, described as an “older white man with a weathered face & white hair wearing a tan shirt”, in the neighborhood before and that she became suspicious of the man when he appeared to look away from her car as she drove through the intersection making her feel the man did not want anyone to see his face.

SCP Officer Brian Lutes responded to the area at 10:30 AM and began to look for the man. Not finding the described individual at the reported intersection, Lutes checked the wooded area behind the homes opposite from Sonata Place and asked several residents doing yard work in the area if they had seen the described individual with no luck.

Lutes then checked several vacant homes available for rent in the area to see if the man had entered any of them, but found nothing amiss.

Lutes then patrolled the streets in the general area and located an individual matching the description of the man at the intersection of Thermal Rd. & Nestle Way. Upon intercepting the man Lutes learned that the man was visiting relatives in the area and simply out for a walk.

In addition, it was learned that the man suffers from arthritis preventing him from fully lifting his head explaining why he didn’t look at the reporting resident’s vehicle as it passed by him.

Anyone observing suspicious activity, persons, or vehicles should call the SCP at 980-297-8446 to have the situation investigated.

Published in: on March 22, 2010 at 4:21 pm  Leave a Comment  

SCP Answers Suspicious Vehicle Call From Braeburn Road Resident

On Sunday March 21, 2010 at 12:30 AM Crime Prevention Officers from the Stonehaven Community Patrol (SCP) responded to a residence in the 6000 block of Braeburn Rd. after the resident discovered a red Chevrolet Monte Carlo LS parked in his yard.

The resident reported that he does not know to whom the vehicle belonged  as he doesn’t know anyone that drives a Monte Carlo.

While SCP Officers were en route to the residence the resident reported that a white female with dark hair, wearing a tight black dress & high heels walking from the direction of Jester Lane, showed up at the vehicle, apologized for parking the car in the resident’s yard, entered the vehicle, and drove off quickly.

The resident reported he didn’t know what residence the woman had come from, just that she walked to the car from the direction of Jester Lane. The resident also described the woman as being “very attractive” and provided SCP Officers with the vehicles North Carolina license plate # which will be turned over to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Dept. in an effort to ascertain the identity of the woman and what she was doing in Stonehaven.

Anyone who may have been in the 6000 block of Braeburn Road between 11 PM on Saturday March 20 & 12:30 AM on Sunday March 21, 2010 and noticed any details about the suspicious vehicle or the female driver is asked to call SCP Officer Brian Lutes at 980-297-8446.

Published in: on March 22, 2010 at 3:39 pm  Leave a Comment  

Attempted Child Abduction in Stonehaven

A Stonehaven resident living in the 700 block of Rama Road reported that her 13 year old daughter and a female friend, also 13, were walking along Rama Road toward the Rama Road Elementary School near Brace Road around noon on Sunday March 21, 2010 when a gold colored pick-up truck occupied by two adult African-American men stopped near where the girls were walking. One of the men got out of the truck and asked the girls to come to him.

Fortunately the girls recognized the danger and ran back to the Rama Road residence where they locked themselves in the house.

Shortly after the incident, the Rama Road resident returned home from Church,  found the girls very upset, and contacted the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police to report what had happened.

We will be meeting with the family to discuss the incident and to learn if there may be more details about the truck and the men available from the girls.

Should anyone see a vehicle matching the suspect vehicle described in this incident, a gold colored pick-up truck occupied by two African-American men, in the Greater Stonehaven Area they should immediately dial 911 to report the vehicle and then notify us at 980-297-8446 of the vehicles location and we will respond to the area as quickly as possible to intercept the vehicle in coordination with the CMPD.

Also, if anyone was traveling in the area of the incident, the intersection of  Brace & Rama Roads, around noon on Sunday March 21, 2010 and noticed any details about the suspect’s vehicle, a gold colored pick-up truck occupied by two adult African-American men, please let us know so we can be on the lookout for it and get the information to the CMPD.

Published in: on March 22, 2010 at 2:54 pm  Comments (1)  

Four People Shot in Uptown Charlotte Parking Lot

Published in: on March 21, 2010 at 2:14 am  Leave a Comment  

CMPD Seeking Woman for Dragging Officer with Her Car

An officer was dragged by a car then knocked to the ground during an investigation in South Charlotte early Saturday.

And now police say they’re trying to locate Amanda Elaine Sawyer, who they believe was driving the Dodge Magnum in question.

The incident happened just before 2:30 a.m. Saturday. Police say Officer C. Cho was assisting in an investigation about a man who’d run from police officers during an early-morning traffic stop.

He saw Sawyer in a blue Dodge Magnum, parked in a business park nearby. As Cho tried to speak with her, police say, she got into her car and drove off. Cho was briefly dragged by the car, police say.

Other officers began chasing the Dodge Magnum, but the pursuit was terminated.

Cho’s injuries are not life-threatening. He was treated at Carolinas Medical Center and released.

Anyone with information about Amanda Sawyer should call 911 or Investigator J. Wood at 704-432-2169.

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Published in: on March 21, 2010 at 2:10 am  Leave a Comment  

Bizarre Reports Recently Made to the CMPD

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Meet the Parent: A 28-year-old woman called police after being assaulted while in the car with her significant other. She told officers that she was arguing with her husband when he apparently had enough. The man pulled over to the side of Albemarle Road and pushed her out of the car. He then drove off with his wife’s mother still in the backseat. I’m sure that didn’t last long. She must’ve called “shotgun” as soon as it happened.

Nip Tuck: A 20-year-old woman called police after being threatened by an ex-boyfriend. The man called her one night and stated, “Don’t try anything stupid, I will be packing. I have a knife and that beauty can be taken away with a stroke of that knife.” To this, Heidi Montag responded, “Too late!”

Catch A Bus: Police responded to a call in reference to an attempted suicide in the University area. When they arrived on the scene, they witnessed a 22-year-old man run toward the train tracks and take a seat on them. When police asked what the problem was, a witness said the man was waiting on the train to come and run him over. This sort of awkward, drawn-out episode is what happens when you don’t have enough elevated bridges in your city.

Slow Down: A 28-year-old woman called police after being threatened by a romantic man with dreams of a relationship. She told officers that the man called her 10 times after being told not to call, and at one point told her, “I will get your brakes cut since you don’t want to be with me.” If he apologizes for this threat by buying a nice new Toyota with a bow around it, don’t get in.

White Light: A 50-year-old man called police after being assaulted by his female roommate. He told officers that he was arguing with the woman, and when he turned around to face her at one point, she threw bleach into his eyes. Seeing the light at the end of the tunnel is not a good thing when you’re not supposed to have tunnel vision.

Baja Blasted: A 38-year-old woman called police after being threatened by a total stranger. She told officers she was sitting in Taco Bell, eating and minding her own business when a customer across the store suddenly yelled, “I am going to kick your ass if you don’t stop looking at me.” I can understand. I got a little irritable, too, when they suddenly stopped selling the Box That Rocks.

Gang Life: Police responded to Turning Point Academy after a 16-year-old boy was assaulted. The kid came home from school one day last week complaining that his jaw hurt because he was accidentally hit by a stall door in the bathroom. After the doctor confirmed that he had suffered minor trauma and a possible hairline fracture to his jaw, he admitted that he was the subject of a gang initiation beating in the school bathroom. “Yeah, Crips for life! Except fifth period, yo. I got a doctor’s appointment. Thanks, guys.”

Setting Goals: A 29-year-old woman called police after being repeatedly threatened and harassed over the phone by a known suspect. She told police that the suspect called her 20 times in a week and made statements such as, “I’m gonna kill you. I will bust another window out of your house. I will run you and your kids over. When I find out where you moved, I’m gonna come over there and kick your M-F’ing ass.”

Not Playing: An 18-year-old male called police after being assaulted and robbed by a group of guys from his neighborhood. He told officers he was walking home with his friends at 8:30 p.m. when the suspects approached them laughingly and acted as if they wanted to “play fight.” During this “play fight” they held him down and tried to take money from his pockets. They stole a cell phone and house keys from the other victim’s pockets and ran off. I’d hate to be in a real fight with these guys.

Disappeared: A woman called police after her son went missing. She told officers her 19-year-old son went to catch the bus four days before and hadn’t seen or heard from him since. I once accidentally got on the Magic School Bus instead of the 11U, and let me tell you, Mrs. Frizzle doesn’t care if you have to go home.

Threat of the Week: Two female roommates called police after being threatened by a known suspect over the phone. In their report, the women said that a man they had problems with in the past stated in multiple phone calls and texts, “You stupid bitch, I’m going to come over to your house and kick everybody in their face. I’m going to come over there and burn the motherfucking house down. I will choke you the fuck out.” I wouldn’t worry about that last one … the smoke should take care of it.

Published in: on March 20, 2010 at 5:14 pm  Leave a Comment  

Extension to link Stonehaven’s Thermal Road ­to Monroe Road Business Park

March 19, 2010
Brian Carlton, South Charlotte Weekly

Within two months, drivers entering or exiting the McAlpine Business Park, 8300 Monroe Road, will have additional options. Levine Properties is working on a realignment of McAlpine Park Drive, which, once completed, will connect Thermal and Monroe roads. A traffic signal also will be installed at the Monroe Road intersection. That’s good news for business park users as well as Stonehaven and Medearis residents.

“It’s just additional infrastructure to help the business park,” Levine Properties President Daniel Levine said. “We’ve completed the grading and now that the weather has changed, we can get sidewalks and other landscaping installed.”

The new road will allow more accessibility into the business park from Monroe Road, Levine said, noting drivers will no longer have to cross traffic on their own thanks to the soon-to-be installed traffic signal.

Working alongside the Charlotte Department of Transportation, the company expects to have the road completed within 12 weeks, said Levine. Once the roads are linked, CDOT will assist Levine by installing the traffic signal at the Monroe Road intersection.

Published in: on March 19, 2010 at 6:09 pm  Leave a Comment  

Thieves Using New Way to Enter Locked Vehicles

Important Home Security Information…    Please read below…..
I drove myself and two co-workers to lunch Monday, 2/15/10. I chose a parking spot in the rear of the lot and backed into a space (no pull through available at location). This positioned my Chevy Avalanche with the passenger side doors facing away from the rest of the lot and to the end of the lot. I had a Sony digital camera lying on the console of my truck.. Upon returning from lunch and entering the vehicle we noticed nothing wrong or missing from the vehicle. 
Tuesday around lunch time I needed the camera and could not locate it. My first thoughts were, “I moved it or it fell to the floor mat or I removed it from my truck.” After searching feverishly for two days, questioning anyone who had been close to my truck, and exhausting every possible location I could have put it, I began to have that sinking feeling I lost it or someone stole it. My new Garmin GPS had been in the truck the whole time, so I felt as if someone had entered my vehicle they would have taken it also. 
Fast forward to Wednesday, I approached my truck from the passenger side to place my computer bag (aka my man purse) in the front passenger seat. As I reached to open the door I noticed there was a hole right under my door handle. My first thought was, “someone has shot my truck!” I began to think about it and inspect it a little closer and the “light” slowly began to come on. I phoned my friend who owns a body shop and asked if he had any vehicles with damage to the doors that looked like a bullet hole. “Yes, I see it all the time. Thieves have a punch and place it right under the door handle, knock a hole through, reach in and unlock it, just as if they have a key. No alarms, broken glass or anything.” 
I then placed a call to my insurance agent, who is also a friend, and explained it to him. I proceeded to tell him the situation and how I was puzzled that they left my GPS and all other belongings. Here is where it gets scary! “Oh no, he said, they want the break-in to be so subtle that you don’t even realize it. They look at your GPS to see where “home” is. Now they know what you drive, go to your home, and if your vehicle isn’t there they assume you aren’t and break in your home.” He says they will even leave a purse or wallet and only take one or two credit cards. By the time you realize there has been a theft, they may have already had a couple days or more to use them. This is another reason they want the break-in to go unnoticed. I didn’t realize my situation for two full days! They even give you the courtesy of re-locking your doors for you. I guess they don’t want it to be broken into by other thieves! 
Had they found your check book, they could have taken checks from the middle section so they wouldn’t be noticed. 
Please remove from your GPS unit your home address as “home” ASAP! Put in your local Wal-Mart address or somewhere else!  Park your vehicle in a highly visible place. I positioned mine perfectly for them and didn’t realize it until it was too late. I hope this is beneficial to you and helps you keep your valuables in your possession and your vehicle from damage. Most importantly, it may keep the thieves from showing up at your home! 
DO NOT LEAVE VALUABLES IN SIGHT INSIDE THE CAR. Periodically walk around your car, daily if you are in a shopping center or other parking area. Report thefts immediately….Bank w/missing check numbers, Credit card agencies, Police, and Insurance Companies. 

Published in: on March 19, 2010 at 1:55 am  Leave a Comment  

Thieves Targeting Homes to Burglarize Online, Police Say



By Brigida Mack – bio l email 

Charlotte, NC (WBTV) – Thinking of having a open house or offering a virtual tour online to generate interest in your home to help it sell more quickly? It could make you vulnerable to thieves looking to break into your home, police say.  

CMPD told WBTV it’s the new way thieves are looking for victims by specifically looking for homes for sale. It’s happened in both the Winding Brook and Town and Country neighborhoods in South Charlotte this month. All the homes targeted–had open houses or virtual tours on-line. Ellen Paratore and her husband, Roy. did both.

“Every time you see a car go by slowly you wonder what they’re looking at,” recalled Ellen Paratore. ”You know, have they been in my house?”  A few weeks ago, while they were out of town, burglars struck.

Police believe thieves targeted the Paratore’s home because it’s on the market. The couple says the thieves came in a window in the same room where the control box for their alarm system is.  “They would have never known that was in there unless they had seen it,” said Roy Paratore. 

Police believe they did see it. And the Paratores wonder how to market their home if they can’t do it the usual way homeowners try to pull in perspective buyers. “Now you don’t know what to do and what is right now because you’re concerned about everything you do,” said Paratore.

Here’s what police say you should do: If you decide on a virtual tour, keep your valuables like T-Vs and computers out of the pictures you post online. If you are holding open houses, try to be there as much as possible so you can see who’s coming and going. If you can’t be lock all valuables, especially jewlery, in a safe.

Published in: on March 16, 2010 at 3:54 am  Leave a Comment  
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