East Charlotte neighbors on edge after four break-ins

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Four home break-ins in the past five months have one east Charlotte neighborhood on edge.

Glenville Avenue is tree-lined and quiet-- just off Shamrock Drive-- and it's been one crook's target of choice.

Just before noon, with the homeowner away, a man appears on a surveillance camera.

"He smashed the glass on the rear door, I guess in turn he stuck his hand inside the door and opened the latch and came inside the house," said CMPD Detective Marty Cuthbertson.

When he opened the door, the alarm sounded, yet this crook, took his time unplugging a 46" flat screen tv and carefully carting it off. He was long gone by the time police arrived.

The reason there's such good surveillance is because the homeowner had just been broken into two weeks before.

Does Detective Cuthbertson believe this same man is responsible for all the break-ins in the neighborhood?

"I think so, because these houses are in close proximity to one another. Either he knows that area, or he may even live in that area, who knows? But I think it's the same guy."

The tv was valued at $800. Police say it's doubtful the homeowner will ever see it again. If you can help stop this burglar from future crime, call Crimestoppers at (704) 334-1600 in Charlotte and you could be eligible for a reward.

If you want to join Charlotte's crime fighting team, you or your company can make a donation to Charlotte Crimestoppers by PayPal. Follow this link http://www.charlottecrimestoppers.com/donation__membership

Copyright 2012 WBTV. All rights reserved