CMPD Seeking Public’s Help in Locating Man Wanted for Attempted Murder, Other Crimes

From, March 10, 2017

A man is wanted for multiple violent crimes in the Charlotte area.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say 29-year-old Christopher Crittenden is wanted for attempted murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery, felony breaking and entering, damage to property and interfering with an electronic monitoring device. 

Crittenden (Source: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department)

Crittenden was court-ordered to wear an electronic monitoring device as a condition of his pretrial release. Police say Crittenden cut off the device Friday.

He was last known to be near the Walmart on N. Tryon Street. Crittenden is described as being around 5’11” and 205 pounds.

Anyone with information on Crittenden’s whereabouts is asked to call 911 or the Violent Criminal Apprehension Team at 704-336-VCAT.

Published in: on March 10, 2017 at 10:35 pm  Leave a Comment  

Landscaping Scammer Hitting Local Neighborhoods

From by Ty Chandler, March 3, 2017

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police detectives want to talk to a landscaper who’s business practices seem to put green in his pockets but leaves his customers high and dry.

Police have six reports dating back to 2015, connected to Mark Autrey for swindling customers out of cash. Four of the cases are active and happened since December, primarily in the Dilworth neighborhood.

“He’s quite good at conning people,” said a woman who doesn’t want to be identified. “He does good work at first, so everybody trusts him.”

She says she purchased boxwood plants from him. Since he had made good on a sale to her employer, she says she didn’t think this would be a risky purchase.

“I was in the market for them and I told him yes and we agreed on a price, which was very reasonable,” she recalled.

The woman says Autrey asked her for a $100 deposit, that she reluctantly gave.

“He took the check and immediately cashed it, then he never showed up on the first delivery date,’ she said.

The woman says Autrey missed the second, third and fourth delivery date, also. Eventually, she says he stopped taking her calls.

“I’m pretty ticked off, yeah, and kicking myself for not knowing better,” she said.

Autrey has allegedly operated several different businesses, including Corner Stone landscaping. The company has an “F” rating on the Better Business Bureau website. One complaint claims he swindled a customer out of a $1,400 deposit for work never done.

“He’s just a real lowlife and he needs to be stopped,” she declared.

CMPD ask anyone with information about Autrey’s whereabouts, or if you have been a victim of a landscaping con, to contact them.

Published in: on March 4, 2017 at 11:49 am  Leave a Comment  

ATM Skimmers Found at Various Locations in Charlotte

From by Xavier Walton, March 3, 2017

Scammers are on the prowl in the Queen City.

In the last 24 hours, police have discovered two ATM skimmers in the Charlotte area. One was found at an extremely popular shopping center.

“Makes me feel a little worried,” said Justin Marshall, a Charlotte resident. “Obviously you work hard for your money and the chance of someone else being able to use it is kind of a scary thought.”

As we are all creatures of habit, things like ATM’s have become part of our modern financial lives. Now more than ever, criminals are finding new ways to get their hands on your hard-earned money.

On Thursday, March 2, 2017, police pulled two electronic skimming devices from local First Citizen Banks. One at the Park Road Shopping Center location and the other was on Alleghany Street. These skimming devices were designed to read banking or credit card information.

“It’s very scary,” said Jessica Hahn. “I would never think there would be a piece of technology that could steal my information when I go to the ATM.”

Skimmer scam artists are banking on consumers dropping their guards. Better Business Bureau says consumers have to be aware of what they are sliding their credit cards into and not just assume it’s safe.

“From what I’ve seen of this device, good luck detecting that this is anything but the real thing,” said Tom Bartholomy with the Better Business Bureau.

Sadly, this isn’t anything new for the NC Department of Agriculture. Inspectors searched and found a couple of skimmers last April. One device was found at a Kangaroo Express gas station on Fairview Road across from SouthPark Mall.


Published in: on March 4, 2017 at 11:38 am  Leave a Comment  
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