Break-in at Cotswold Clothing Boutique

2 Men Make-off with thousands of dollars worth of clothing in just 30 seconds!

By RAD BERKY / NewsChannel 36 –

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — There have been at least six break-ins at high-end boutiques in Charlotte in the past month and a half and the latest target was a clothing store in the Cotswold neighborhood.

Another boutique break-in reported in Charlotte
“Before the police even get here they are long gone,” said shop owner Theresa Caveney about the two men who broke into her boutique last Wednesday night.

The thieves used a rock to break the window of the store located on Providence Road at Sharity Amity.  It is so heavy Caveney can’t even move the rock that now sits a few feet from the glass front door.

The store’s security camera captured the two men using the rock to smash the door just before 10:30 p.m. They then ran inside and grabbed high-end clothing off the racks and fled.  The camera timer shows they were in the store for only 30 seconds.

“We’re estimating the loss to be around $15,000 to $20,000,” said Caveney.

Thousands of dollars worth of clothing has been taken from at least five other boutiques in Charlotte since early May.

At Sloan Boutique on East Boulevard two men were seen on security camera footage stealing 60 pairs of jeans worth $12,000.  The I.C.London store next door was also targeted.

“They are back at it again,” said Caveney. “They are very brazen.”
Employees at The Pink Hanger are just grateful that it happened after the store was closed and no one was hurt

The store is in a small but busy shopping mall and someone might have seen something.

“Ten thirty is not very late at night.  Our neighbors were having a grand opening party. 
Just 15 minutes earlier they had left,” said Caveney.

If you think you have an idea who the men are in the security video or if you have any information that might help solve these break-ins, call Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.

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Published in: on June 24, 2011 at 7:18 pm  Leave a Comment  

3 Teens Arrested For Robbery in East Charlotte

By Meghan Cooke / Charlotte Observer of June 24, 2011

Police have arrested three teens accused of hitting a man from behind and then robbing him Thursday night in northeast Charlotte.

Around 10 p.m. Thursday, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police responded to a report of an armed robbery in the 1900 block of Milton Road, not far from its intersection with The Plaza.

A 49-year-old man told police he was walking home from a store when three suspects approached him from behind and hit him in the back of the head with an unknown object.

Then the suspects went through his pockets, taking his wallet, he said.

The victim immediately called 911 and gave a description of the suspects and the direction in which they fled, police said.

Police said they began canvassing the area and soon saw two men matching the suspects’ descriptions on Barrington Drive. Then, police said, an officer found another man who fit the description of the third suspect on Ruth Drive.

The victim positively identified the men – Devontae Springs, 18, Terrell McCreary, 18 and Larry Cooper, 17 – as the suspects, police said.

Devontae Springs, 18. CMPD photo.

Terrell McCreary, 18. CMPD photo.

  • Larry Cooper, 17. CMPD photo.

Each was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy.

Anyone with more information about the robbery is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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Published in: on June 24, 2011 at 7:09 pm  Leave a Comment  

Sex Offender Observed in Several South Charlotte Neighborhoods

Information received from the Robinson Woods Crime Watch.

CMPD asked that the following (in bold) be forwarded to residents regarding a registered sex offender observed in several south Charlotte neighborhoods. While he has been arrested and is now in custody on other charges, he is expected to be released at some point.

Robert Stephen Smith

White Male, 5’11”, 175lbs

Brown Hair, Green eyes

DOB: 11-29-1968

He is driving a Gray 1994 Toyota Corolla displaying NC registration ABL-9535, possibly with a magnetic sticker on the doors advertising “Poop Van Scoop”.

He was convicted in 2000 for two counts of 2nd degree sex offense and spent 8 years in prison for these offenses. He is currently on the registered sex offender list until 2017. He has been arrested several times since being released and has pending court cases for traffic violations and for using a social networking website as a sex offender. He is currently on unsupervised probation from Gaston County.

He is currently attempting to start a business called Poop Van Scoop and is going from house to house trying to get clients. He is also speaking with anyone in the neighborhoods, including kids that are outside at the time he is riding through. He has been in some of the neighborhoods in South Charlotte. He does not live in the South Charlotte area, but is traveling to the area from his home.

Please be aware of this person and his current habits of trying to obtain clients for his business. Talk to your kids about approaching vehicles or being called to vehicles. If you have an encounter with this subject please let us know so that we can track where he is soliciting his business. At this time he is not doing anything illegal, but we wanted you to be aware of who he is and his past history.

Metro is also looking out for this individual. If you see him, call Metro and also call 911. If he is engaging in prohibited activities he could be arrested.

Published in: on June 24, 2011 at 3:16 pm  Leave a Comment  

FBI trying to ID Man in Restricted Area Along Charlotte’s Light Rail Line

From / June 21, 2011

By Jeff Rivenbark, Web Content Producer

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department are asking the public’s help in identifying a man spotted in a restricted area along Charlotte’s light rail line in April.

Photos courtesy of the FBI Charlotte Field Office.



Photos courtesy of the FBI Charlotte Field Office.

The man was captured on a surveillance camera along the Charlotte Area Transit System’s LYNX Blue Line.  Officials would not specify exactly where the area is.  The LYNX line runs from Center City Charlotte to the Pineville area.

The man in the two images released by the FBI was wearing a dark colored toboggan, and has a mustache and beard.

Since the man was acting suspicious and in a restricted area, CATS reported the incident to the CMPD and FBI.

“The safety and security procedures that we have established along the light rail line assisted in detecting the individual in an area that is off limits to the public.  We immediately notified our partners at the FBI and CMPD,” said Bryan Leaird, CATS’ General Manager of Safety and Security.  “The combined efforts of CATS and our local and federal law enforcement agencies help keep the transit system safe for our customers, which is our top priority.”

The FBI says they are hoping someone will recognize the man, and tell authorities who he is.

“Recent events have created an atmosphere of heightened awareness, and that type of vigilance is a good thing,” said Chris Briese, the Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Charlotte Division. “We hope someone in the community has information that can help us.”

If you know this man, call the FBI’s Charlotte office at 704-377-9200.

Published in: on June 22, 2011 at 12:32 pm  Leave a Comment  

Stolen Car Crashes During Brief CMPD Chase

Car had been stolen from pizza delivery driver at gunpoint on Sunday, June 19, 2011

From / June 22, 2011

By Tom Roussey, Reporter & Jeff Rivenbark, Web Content Producer

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – Two men were taken to the hospital with serious injuries after the stolen car they were in crashed during a police chase in southwest Charlotte Tuesday afternoon. 

The wreck happened around 4:30 p.m. at the intersection of West Tyvola Road and Cascade Pointe Boulevard.

According to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, the car that wrecked was stolen in a carjacking two days ago involving a pizza delivery driver.

The chase was the result of a 911 call to the CMPD.

A man called police Tuesday afternoon to report that he saw another man at the Walmart store at 8180 South Tryon who stole something from the victim on Friday, June 10.

The victim said the man got into a Saturn car occupied by another black male. The victim was able to give police the NC tag number on the car.

A few minutes later, police officers spotted the car at a gas station at 8010 South Tryon Street.

Police said the car got onto Tryon Street, and then onto Tyvola Road. When the car crossed the intersection of Cascade Point Boulevard, it collided with a dump truck.

The driver of the Saturn was ejected due to the impact of the collision.

Both the driver and the passenger were taken by Medic to Carolinas Medical Center. The driver of the dump truck was not injured. 

Police said the Saturn was reported as stolen during a robbery on Sunday, June 19, from Kennesaw Drive. The victim in that robbery was a driver for Domino’s Pizza. He was robbed at gunpoint and was not injured, police said.

Police say one of the two men in the Saturn which crashed was wearing an electronic monitoring device. They couldn’t say whether it was the driver or the passenger.

Police have not released the names of the two men who were in the Saturn at this time.

Published in: on June 22, 2011 at 12:26 pm  Leave a Comment  

CMPD Seeking Woman in Connection with Phone Store Robberies

By Steve Lyttle / Charlotte Observer of June 21, 2011

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say they would like to talk to a woman in connection with three robberies in the past week at cellular phone stores in small strip malls.

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are looking for this woman, in connection with three robberies in the past week at cellular phone stores in small strip malls. The woman is driving an older-model black Honda that is missing a hubcap on the rear passenger-side wheel. Photo courtesy of Charlotte-Mecklenburg police

The robberies happened at 5:40 p.m. last Tuesday at the Stars Wireless store in the 4700 block of South Boulevard; and 4:30 p.m. Friday at the Boost Mobile store in the 3000 block of Kilborne Drive; and at 10:20 a.m. Monday at the Cricket store in the 800 block of East Arrowood Road.

Police say the woman is about 5 feet 6 to 5-8 and weighs about 125 pounds. She has straight strawberry-blonde hair that is usually tied in a ponytail.

Police also say she is driving an older-model black Honda with a missing hubcap on the rear passenger-side wheel.

Anyone with information about this woman is asked to call 911 or leave information with Crime Stoppers, 704-334-1600.

Published in: on June 21, 2011 at 4:59 pm  Leave a Comment  

3 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Officers Back on Duty After Saving Elderly Couple

Officers Sickened By Carbon Monoxide Exposure

From The South Charlotte Weekly of June 16, 2011 via

By Mike Parks

Three south Charlotte police officers are back at work this week after being exposed to carbon monoxide while saving an elderly couple living on Cypress Creek Lane.

A nurse who checks on the couple daily arrived at the home around 7 a.m. Saturday, June 11, to find the carbon monoxide alarm ringing. After finding both residents unconscious, she ran outside and called 911.

South Division Officers Joseph Hovis, Gregory Lineberger and Robert Kierce arrived within three minutes and carried the two out of the home to Charlotte Fire Department crews who began emergency care.

The names of the two saved from the home have not been released. The male victim was transported this weekend to Duke Medical Center for treatment, while his wife was transported to Presbyterian Hospital and put into the Intensive Care Unit.

All three officers were transported to the hospital Saturday morning for carbon monoxide exposure. Hovis and Lineberger were released a few hours later, while Kierce stayed a bit longer.

“I started having a problem breathing,” after leaving the house, Kierce said. He had gone inside the home twice to help carry out the couple. “I was coughing, dizzy… having a problem breathing. So the fire department came over and grabbed me … put me on oxygen.”

Capt. Mark Basnight of the Charlotte Fire Department said a car left running in the garage caused the carbon monoxide build-up. The car had been left running for a while, causing levels of the poisonous gas to reach “extremely hazardous” levels in the attached home, Basnight said.

Kierce said he’s grateful for his fellow officers who came to see him in the hospital and check on his wellbeing. But he’s also grateful for the officers who stepped up to help once the division found themselves short three officers for the day.

“Our South Division folks… this is all one team, everyone helps each other here,” Kierce said.

Joseph Hovis
Gregory Lineberger
Robert Kierce
Published in: on June 20, 2011 at 12:40 pm  Leave a Comment  

Charter Place Residents Report Vandalism

 Wednesday, June 15, 2011

A family living in the 600 block of Charter Place has reported being victimized by someone throwing eggs at their home and recently “setting off” smoke bombs near the front door of their home.

The family says the incidents have happened several times over the past few weekends, but only recently reported the activity thinking they were random acts, but with the introduction of an incendiary device (smoke bombs) they became more concerned.

The family believes the suspects are teen-agers from a quick glimpse they got of the suspects this past weekend when they were awakened by their door-bell ringing around 1:15 AM and found activated smoke-bombs near their front door.

The family said the suspects got into a dark colored car, possibly a Pontiac Grand Am or Gran Prix and fled the area traveling on Charter Place away from Thermal Road toward Sonata.

Residents of the area are asked to keep an eye out for any individuals or vehicles matching the descriptions given by the victims as well as anything that seems the least bit suspicious and to immediately notify the CMPD via 911 and the SCP at 980-297-8446.

When apprehended, the individuals involved in committing these acts could be charged with trespassing, disorderly conduct, damage to personal property, and attempted arson for igniting an incendiary device during the commission of an illegal act.


Published in: on June 17, 2011 at 1:53 pm  Leave a Comment  

CMPD Makes 15 DWI Arrests at “Uptown” Checkpoint

By Steve Lyttle / Charlotte Observer
Friday, June 17, 2011

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police say they made 15 DWI-related arrests overnight, including two of drivers under the age of 21, at a checkpoint in Charlotte’s uptown area.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police checkpoint took place from 11 p.m. Thursday until 3 a.m. Friday on East Seventh Street near McDowell Street. CMPD was helped by officers from the UNC Charlotte, Mint Hill, Cornelius and Stallings police departments, and by the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office.

Sgt. David Sloan of CMPD says officers arrested two under-age motorists on DWI charges, plus another 11 drivers who were 21 or older. In addition, two people were arrested with aiding and abetting DWI drivers.

Another 23 motorists were cited for driving with a revoked or no license.

The total number of charges:
DWI (21 or older) — 11
DWI (under age 21) — 2
DWI aiding and abetting — 2
Driving with revoked license — 6
Driving with no license — 17
Open container law violation — 1
Drug charges — 2
Possession of alcohol under age of 21 — 5
Other citations — 19

Published in: on June 17, 2011 at 1:33 pm  Leave a Comment  

NC Lawmakers Weigh Earlier Morning Alcohol Sales

By EMERY P. DALESIO / Associated Press

Friday, June 17, 2011

RALEIGH, N.C.  — The state Legislature is considering permitting alcohol to be sold earlier in the day and on some state university properties.

The Senate voted 34-16 on Thursday to allow alcohol sales before dawn on most days and at 11 a.m. Sunday, the hour many churches hold services. Some social conservatives said extending the hours would be misguided.

“There has been a certain level of respect for churches and the religious community that you don’t start serving alcohol until you’re out of church,” said the Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League.

The measure would allow sales at bars, restaurants, groceries and convenience stores to begin at 11 a.m. instead of noon. Stores also could begin selling beer and wine at 5 a.m. Monday through Saturday, compared to 7 a.m. now.

Performing arts centers that seat fewer than 2,000 on University of North Carolina property could sell beer and wine without a local referendum needed for approval. Alcohol sales also would be allowed at hotels, convention centers or restaurants on any of the six hybrid UNC campuses that house businesses where employees can mingle with university researchers.

The measure returns to the House for consideration of Senate changes. If that chamber doesn’t approve it before the expected end of the legislative session early Friday, the measure would be held over until next year.

Meanwhile, the House and Senate approved legislation to allow liquor stores on the Cherokee Indian reservation. The measure returns to the Senate for consideration of House changes.

The measure would allow the Eastern Band of Cherokee to set up and enforce its own alcoholic beverage control laws. The tribe’s casino is the only place alcohol now can be sold legally on the western North Carolina reservation.

Supporters said the legislation brought the tribe into the statewide network of alcohol control, allowing future tribal stores to buy liquor from the state distribution warehouse. Liquor is taxed by the state but profits are turned over to local governments where the booze is sold.

“We’re giving the tribal leadership an opportunity to operate within the alcohol rules, both federal and state,” said Rep. Charles Graham, D-Robeson, who is a Lumbee Indian.

Published in: on June 17, 2011 at 1:29 pm  Leave a Comment  
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