Police investigating 2 cases involving airport fence cut by thieves

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Police are investigating two separate incidents in which fences were cut at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport by thieves trying to steal items.

On Monday, March 14, Officer T.M. Hare with the Charlotte Douglas Airport Police was called to 8041 Old Dowd Road concerning a breaking and entering call.

Someone cut the perimeter field gate fencing causing $200 in damage. The thief stole about $150 in diesel fuel from Phoenix Solutions.

Police think this theft occurred between 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 12, and 7 a.m. on Monday, March 14.

A member of the airfield operations personnel also notified police on Saturday, March 12, about a construction gate that was wide open at 8014 Old Dowd Road.

When police arrived, they saw a chain had been cut which allowed the thief to get inside.

A variety of equipment including power tools, blowers, and chain saws worth more than $13,500 were stolen from a trailer belonging to Triple A Landscaping.

Police think this theft occurred between 10 p.m. on Friday, March 11, and 7:25 a.m. on Saturday, March 12.

On Wednesday, we asked airport spokesperson Haley Gentry about the two incidents and she said they occurred at the same gate and involved the materials of contractors conducting a construction project for the FAA.

"The first occurrence, the chain on the gate was cut," and Gentry added, "The second occurrence, the fencing material was cut."

She said this area is in a remote location and is not close to the terminal or runways.

"At this time, it appears highly likely that the two incidents are related," Gentry said. "This situation never presented a threat to the traveling public at any time. The airport believes this is an isolated incident."

If you know anything about either of these incidents, call Crime Stoppers at 703-334-1600.

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