From http://www.wcnc.com, September 25, 2015
Numerous vehicles were broken into overnight in a community that straddles the North and South Carolina state line.
It’s one of the oldest tricks in the book– with a new twist. It happened in the BridgeHampton Community in Ballantyne.
Residents say the thief was after things like weapons, computers, debit cards, but keys and garage door openers were also stolen and used.
“We heard the garage door– it is creaky and our bedroom is above the garage,” said Ginny Kunik.
Kunik and her family were startled by the sound at 4 a.m.
“We didnt see anyone– our dog was barking, I think that helped a lot to deter them from going any further.”
The garage door was wide open. And someone had clearly been there.
“They took the garage door remote, the car doors were ajar, and took maybe some cash.”
They regrettably didn’t call the police, and then found out in the morning, they weren’t the only victims overnight.
“When I came back from running errands there was a cop car here; he said at least five homes were hit. I really feel violated [that] someone was so close to being in our house. And stupid– for leaving the car unlocked.
You feel so safe in your neighborhood and that was a wake-up call. If they had a weapon they could’ve been in the house in two seconds; we will be more careful.”
This neighborhood is split between North Carolina and South Carolina. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police say they’ve also had a handful of complaints.
On Friday, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office said they’d arrested three people in connection with the crimes. Tony Eugene Maynard, 21, of Fort Mill, Nora-Logan Duncan, 19, of Rock Hill, and 20-year-old Tyler Mitchell Fesperman are each charged with six counts of breaking into a motor vehicle. Fesperman is also charged with financial transaction card fraud while Duncan and Fesperman are charged with use of vehicle without permission.
The investigation is ongoing, and the Sheriff’s Office says further charges are possible.