Man Charged with Burglary in South-West Charlotte

Police say a neighbor call 911 about 12:30 p.m. Monday, saying someone had smashed the window of a neighboring home and entered the house. The witness provided police with a detailed description of the suspect.

From The Charlotte Observer, April 23, 2013

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say a witness helped officers catch a burglary suspect Monday in southwest Charlotte — the second straight day where a neighbor gave police information leading to an arrest in a residential break-in case.


Stephen Irby, 25, was arrested in connection with a home burglary Monday, and Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say a neighbor’s tip helped them make the arrest. (Mecklenburg County Jail photo.)

On Sunday, a neighbor’s tip helped CMPD officers arrest three teens in connection with a burglary in northwest Charlotte.

This time, the alleged burglary was in the 600 block of Farmhurst Drive, off Nations Ford Road in the Montclaire South community.

Police say a neighbor call 911 about 12:30 p.m. Monday, saying someone had smashed the window of a neighboring home and entered the house. The witness provided police with a detailed description of the suspect.

Officers who arrived on the scene said they saw a man, fitting the description of the suspect, leaving a wooded area near the home. After checking the woods, police say they found a flat screen TV and a computer that had been taken from the home.

Stephen Irby, 25, was arrested, police say, and charged with breaking and entering and larceny.

Published in: on April 23, 2013 at 2:25 pm  Leave a Comment  

CMPD Seeking Suspect’s Name, Whereabouts

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police say they are asking the public’s help in identifying and finding a man who they say is wanted in connection with financial crimes.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are asking the public’s help in identifying and locating this man, who police say is wanted in connection with financial crimes. (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police photo.)

Anyone with information on the man’s whereabouts or his name is asked to call the Crime Stoppers tip line, 704-334-1600.

Published in: on April 23, 2013 at 2:10 pm  Leave a Comment  

Neighbor Helps CMPD Arrest 3 Teens After Break-In


From The Charlotte Observer By Steve Lyttle, April 23, 2013

Police say an alert neighbor helped officers arrest three young men Sunday morning in connection with a home burglary in northwest Charlotte.

According to police, a witness called 911 about 10 a.m. and reported seeing two men walking slowly in front of a house in the 1800 block of Russell Avenue. The witness reported seeing the two young men then run into the back yard of the home, where they were joined by a third young male.

Michael Tinsley, 18, and two 15-year-old males were arrested Sunday and charged with burglarizing a house in northwest Charlotte, police say. (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police photo.)

The witness gave Charlotte-Mecklenburg police a good description of the three men, authorities say.Officers arrived at the home, in a neighborhood between Beatties Ford Road and Interstate 77, south of LaSalle Street, and said they saw two young men leaving the house through a side door. Police took those two men into custody and said they found a third young man nearby.

Police say all of the items taken from the home were recovered and returned to the resident.

According to police, the three suspects admitted to participating in the burglary. Two of them, 15-year-old males whose names have not been released, were charged — along with 18-year-old Michael Tinsley. Each faces charges of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and conspiracy to commit breaking and entering.

“This case illustrates the importance of the community and police working together,” said Officer Jessica Lawrence, a CMPD spokeswoman. “Had it not been for an alert witness, willing to call 911, chances are these suspects would still be free to prey on other members of our community.”

Anyone with additional information on the suspects is asked to call Crime Stoppers, 704-334-1600.

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Published in: on April 23, 2013 at 7:39 am  Leave a Comment  

Elderly Man Reunited With Stolen Dog after thieves Ransack Home

By BORA KIM,, April 18, 2013

A 77-year-old north Charlotte man has been reunited with his beloved pet, presumed stolen during a break-in of his home Monday evening.

NBC Charlotte met up with Robert Ward Wednesday night.  He had searched his home and walked the surrounding areas day and night in search of his 14-pound Pomeranian named, “Baby.”

Monday evening, Ward left his house for dinner.  When he returned two hours later, he realized someone made entry by breaking into the bathroom window.

The thieves stole six valuable antique firearms.  The guns, having been passed down from generations, had their own sentimental value.  Ward, however, broke down in tears when he described how his dogs are like a member of the family.

“They get to you.  They get to your heart,” he said.

Ward’s older dog, “Nikita,” is Baby’s mother.  He gave the puppy as a gift to his late wife, 14 years ago.  Ward said when he got home to find his house ransacked, Nikita began barking incessantly and would not stop until he realized “Baby” was gone.

“Nikita has just been staying under the bed, hard to get out, she won’t eat.  I’ve been up all night.  I can’t sleep,” he said.

Ward believes Nikita was hiding under the bed as thieves ransacked his home.  He said Baby was the type to approach strangers.

“It broke my heart to know they would take her, when she needed her medicine,” he cried.  “They will be no questions on my part, all I want is my dog back.”

Not long after, a call came in to alert Ward that a dog bearing Baby’s resemblance was brought in to the animal shelter on Tuesday.  Ward and a friend rushed to the shelter to find the person who brought Baby in.  They said the dog was wandering along a busy street, more than a mile from his home.

“Come here Baby,” he said as he took his lost dog into his arms.

Ward is convinced she could have never walked that distance with her short legs.  He will likely never know exactly what happened but is grateful that Baby is home again.

“I just want to thank the good Samaritan who brought her to the shelter,” he said.

Published in: on April 18, 2013 at 9:45 am  Leave a Comment  

CMPD Honors Top Telecommunicator


From The Charlotte Observer By Steve Lyttle, April 18, 2013

Megan Sloop is being honored Thursday morning by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police as its Telecommunicator of the Year.

Megan Sloop is being honored Thursday by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police as its Telecommunicator of the Year. (CMPD photo.)

Sloop is being recognized by CMS officials during a special ceremony at the department’s headquarters uptown. Police say she is among 100 telecommunicators with CMPD.Those telecommunicators answered more than 840,000 incoming 9-1-1 calls last year, and police say Sloop answered and processed more than 6,300 of those calls. Police say she was working during the collapse of a ceiling at SouthPark Mall during a rainstorm last year, and she also was on the job when a tornado struck northeast Charlotte last March.

She was named Civilian Employee of the Month twice in 2012 and was CMPD’s Employee of the Quarter for the period October through December.

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Published in: on April 18, 2013 at 9:41 am  Leave a Comment  

Teen Suspects Attack Geese, Vandalize School Bus

From The Charlotte Observer By Cameron Steele, April 16, 2013

Charles Battaglia found the Canada geese on the Kennedy Charter School grounds Monday, bloodied and suffering from shattered bones.

In the parking lot nearby, all of the windows of a school bus were smashed.

Vandals also had broken several windows on the building itself, said Battaglia, the maintenance director for the school on Sharon Road West in south Charlotte.

Surveillance video shows five teenagers damaged the property and used rocks and a board to attack the geese, which nest every spring on the school grounds, around 6 p.m. on Sunday.

“The individuals came on board and starting smashing the bus up and beating up on the geese, throwing rocks at them until they were bleeding,” Battaglia said.

Carolina Waterfowl Rescue workers Tuesday took two geese to Monroe Animal Hospital for X-rays and treatment for broken bones. Veterinarians put a splint on the crushed leg of one of the injured geese, rescue workers said, while the other received treatment for a broken wing.

A third goose was at the vet’s office for mild cuts to its face, said Jennifer Gordon, director of Carolina Waterfowl Rescue. A fourth is missing and suspected dead.

In the meantime, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police were reviewing surveillance video of the incident. Police said they had not yet charged any of the teenagers, but school officials said three of the five suspects have been identified as students from another school.

Federal law provides for penalties of up to $10,000 for harming Canada geese, which are protected under the Federal Migratory Bird Act.

A police report estimates the damage will cost more than $1,000. But Battaglia said Sunday’s destruction is the latest of several vandalism incidents that have happened over the past three weeks.

He estimated the school will have to pay about $10,000 to repair buses that have had windows smashed on at least two other occasions.

The migratory birds spend several months out of each year on the campus, nesting and raising their young, he said.

“It is just cruel and terrible what the juveniles were doing to them,” Battaglia said.



Published in: on April 17, 2013 at 11:50 am  Leave a Comment  

Drugs Behind West Charlotte Shooting Death

From The Charlotte Observer by Steve Lyttle, April 17, 2013

Detectives say they believe a drug deal was behind the fatal shooting of a man late Tuesday night in west Charlotte’s Ashley Park neighborhood.

The shooting was reported shortly before 11:45 p.m. in the 2500 block of Marlowe Avenue, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.

Officers arrived to find a man dead of a gunshot wound. The victim was identified as Roy Bethea Jr., 32.

Police say that address has been the target of several drug investigations, and detectives believe drug activity led to the violence Tuesday night. Investigators spent several hours looking for witnesses in the area.

Anyone with information in the shooting is asked to call detectives at 704-432-TIPS, or leave information with Crime Stoppers, 704-334-1600.

Published in: on April 17, 2013 at 11:10 am  Leave a Comment  

Charlotte Man Sought for Burglary, Parole Violation

From The Charlotte Observer, April 16, 2013

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say they are looking for a 24-year-old man who is wanted in three counties.

Police say Brendan Penn is being sought by detectives in Mecklenburg County for parole violation and burglary. Investigators say he also is wanted on felony larceny charges in Cabarrus and Gaston counties.


Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police are looking for this man, Brendan Penn, who they say is wanted on parole violation and burglary charges. (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police photo.)

Anyone with information in the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers, 704-334-1600.

Published in: on April 16, 2013 at 12:50 pm  Leave a Comment  

CMPD Looking For Man Who Robbed Cab Driver with Knife

From, April 16, 2013

Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a man they say robbed a cab driver with a knife.

On Friday, April 5, just before 10 p.m., a cab driver picked up the man on the 6500 block of Wisteria Drive in south Charlotte. The man then pulled a knife and forced the driver to drive to several ATM’s in an attempt to withdraw money, the report states.


The robber then grabbed the victim’s cell phone and left the cab on foot. The cab driver was not injured.

The suspect is described as a black male, 6’0″, with a medium build. He was last seen wearing a white hoodie and blue jeans.

Anyone with further information concerning this robbery is asked to call the Crime Stopper’s tip-line at 704-334-1600

Published in: on April 16, 2013 at 12:23 pm  Leave a Comment  

CMPD Issues Warning About License Plate Thefts

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Dept. is asking residents to pay attention to their license plates when they leave their homes for work or when returning to their vehicles from shopping or eating out to make sure the plate displayed on their vehicle is the proper plate.

There has been a rash of license plate thefts and even license plate switching in connection with robberies and stolen vehicles.

Individuals are stealing vehicles, often to be used in robberies, and then switching the plates from the stolen vehicles with license plates from the same model vehicles found in other areas of the city. As a result, when a police officer checks the plates of a vehicle that matches the description of a vehicle that has been reported as stolen, the plates are registered to the same model vehicle, but not reported as stolen.

Also as a result, unknowing and innocent vehicle owners have been pulled over due to their vehicles displaying license plates that match vehicles have been reported as stolen because the plates were switched by the car thieves.

CMPD Officers report that they have captured individuals carrying backpacks full of license plates that have been marked to  denote the model of car from which they were removed and selling the plates for $20 each. Individuals buy the plates and place them on stolen vehicles that are used to commit crimes, most often robberies.

Published in: on April 12, 2013 at 6:22 pm  Leave a Comment  
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