Charlotte, NC Robbery Suspect Leaves T-shirt With His Picture at Crime Ccene

Police say this T-shirt fell out of a vehicle as two suspects fled a home robbery March 29. The man pictured was later identified as one of the robbery suspects, Jonathan Huntley, 25.

by Meghan Cooke / Charlotte Observer – April 7, 2011

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A robbery suspect is in jail after a T-shirt with his photo on it was found outside a home police say he robbed last week.

On March 29, two men broke into a residence on Dinglewood Avenue, off Eastway Drive, said Charlotte-Mecklenburg police. A man and woman were home at the time, according to a police report, and the suspects moved them from room to room as they stole a wallet and jewelry.

As the suspects fled, police said, the man who lives at the home ran outside after them. During a struggle, a T-shirt fell out of the suspects’ vehicle.

The black T-shirt showed a photo – apparently a mug shot – of a young man and read “Making money is my thang.”

The victim realized the photo was of the man who had just robbed him, police said.

Two days later, Jonathan Tyrone Huntley 25, of Charlotte, turned himself in and spoke with detectives, police said. After the interview, he was charged with common law robbery and breaking and entering, both felonies. He was later charged with a parole violation.

Huntley, a convicted felon, was released from prison in November 2010, according to the N.C. Department of Correction. His previous convictions include robbery with a dangerous weapon and breaking and entering.

Police are still searching for the other suspect in the robbery.

Published in: on April 8, 2011 at 11:37 am  Leave a Comment  

2 People Injured in North Charlotte Shooting

by NewsChannel 36 Staff, April 8, 2011

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Police are searching for a gunman after two people were shot overnight in north Charlotte.

It happened just before 1 a.m. Friday along Julia Avenue just off Statesville Avenue.

Police say both victims suffered gunshot wounds to the leg. They are expected to be OK.

It’s not clear what led to the shooting.

Published in: on April 8, 2011 at 11:33 am  Leave a Comment  

Charlotte Crime Trend: Thieves Stealing Car Batteries

CMPD Sgt. Says: “It’s happening all over the city, we’re getting complaints from all response areas.”

By Michelle Boudin, http://www.wcnc.com; NewsChannel 36 via the Charlotte Observer of April 7, 2011

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are seeing a new trend in crime. It’s a crime of opportunity and one that only takes minutes to pull off.

Police say car batteries are being ripped from right under vehicles’ hoods.

Rufus Blackmon is tired of making trips to the auto parts store. “Well, I had to go buy two new batteries and pray they don’t do it again,” he said.

Thieves twice stole the batteries from cars parked in his driveway in northeast Charlotte. On a third attempt, the car alarm stopped them.

“What they did, they broke this window back here, and they opened the back door,” Blackmon says. “Once they get in, they popped the front door then popped the hood.”

Police Sgt. Ken Schul is handling several cases in which batteries were stolen.

“It’s real easy,” he said. “I think the public’s probably not aware that this type of crime is going on.”

In fact, police say, they’ve been seeing this more and more in recent months.

“It used to be a copper issue,” Schul says. “Copper prices have gone down and now recycling plants are seeing an uptick in batteries being brought to them. They can make from $20, depending on how large the battery is, to $2 to $3 a battery. You steal five or six a day, and you’re making $100.”

That’s why police say batteries are disappearing from cars parked at businesses, church parking lots and neighborhoods.

“It’s happening all over the city,” Schul says. “We’re getting complaints from all response areas.”

Police ask that anyone who sees someone nosing around a neighbor’s car to call 911.


Published in: on April 7, 2011 at 6:11 pm  Leave a Comment  

Toxic Plant Blamed In Recent Dog Deaths

From http://www.wsoctv.com, April 7, 2011

CORNELIUS, N.C. — There’s a new warning out to keep your pets safe from a tree that is used in everyday landscaping that could be deadly.

Officials at the North Mecklenburg Animal Shelter in Cornelius told Channel 9 that they have seen two dogs within the past two weeks die after eating a landscaping tree called Sago Palm.

Cycas revoluta

 

The Sago tree (Cycas revoluta) is a plant that is native to southern Japan. It’s described as a very symmetrical plant that supports a crown of shiny, dark green leaves on a thick, shaggy trunk.

It is a small palm tree or plant that is toxic to animals as well as humans if ingested. Clinical symptoms of ingestion will develop within 12 hours and may include vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, seizures, liver failure, or hepatotoxicity characterized by icterus, cirrhosis, and ascites.

Jules Moss, who works at the shelter, told Channel 9 that workers want to get the word out to pet owners before people start landscaping their yards this spring.

Moss said the tree is sometimes even used indoors.

If your pet ingested this plant, contact your local veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435.

To watch a video on this subject, click the link below:

http://www.wsoctv.com/video/27469479/index.html

Some of the information on the Sago tree in this article was provided by Wikipedia.

Published in: on April 7, 2011 at 5:53 pm  Leave a Comment  

CMPD Adds New Crime-Fighting Tools To Vehicle Fleet

From http://www.wsoctv.com, April 7, 2011

Dual-sport motorcycles — that ride on the streets and off-road — are the latest addition to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s vehicle fleet.

The motorcycles are nearly twice as fast as all-terrain vehicles, and they can go almost anywhere.

“If someone is running from you on foot, we can catch them a lot quicker, a lot easier with this thing,” Officer Brian Miller said.

Police said the new bikes are being paid for using money they make by seizing property from criminals. Each one costs the department about $6,000.

Knobby tires and a thin seat make the ride different from a traditional motorcycle, so each officer receives at least one week of training.

“The dual-sport allows us the flexibility to get to one point or another without loading them onto a trailer, like we currently have to with our ATVs,” said Capt. Jeff Pless.

The new motorcycles are a relief to east Charlotte resident Charles King, whose condominium was burglarized last year.

“I think it’s going to be good,” he said. “They can patrol (and) go behind buildings where a regular police car can’t.

”So far, no arrests have been made using the new motorcycles, but the program just a few weeks old.

A total of 26 motorcycles have been ordered, which is enough for each precinct to receive two. Ten are currently on the roads.

Published in: on April 7, 2011 at 5:34 pm  Leave a Comment  

CMPD’s Independence Division Arrests Teen for Daylight Burglary

From http://www.crimeincharlotte.com / April 4, 2011

Independence Division officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department have arrested Anthony Quashawn Walker, DOB: 08/26/1992.  On April 1, 2011, at approximately 1:30 p.m. officers responded to a breaking and entering call at a home in the 8400 block of Big Creek Court.

When officers arrived they observed the rear door of the residence was forced open and Walker  running away from the rear of the home.  Walker was apprehended a short time later. Mr. Walker was on electronic monitoring for unrelated  property crimes at the time of the April 1st breaking and entering incident.

Mr. Walker has been charged with Breaking and Entering with Force and Larceny.  Anyone with additional information on this case or any other cases may forward anonymous tips to our Crime Stoppers tip line at 704-334-1600 or  http://www.charlottecrimestoppers.com/

Published in: on April 6, 2011 at 9:11 am  Leave a Comment