Robbing teachers

Crimestoppers: Thief steals from teachers

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A heartless robber sneaks into a school and steals from teachers.

"It was the first day that teachers returned, so there were no kids at the school," said CMPD Officer Tori Roddey.

And on that return to school for teachers at Dilworth Elementary, there was a staff meeting in the cafeteria. Lunch was brought in. Through an open door, surveillance video shows a man roaming the empty hallways.

"He came in with some caterers that were supplying the food that day, and kind of snuck in the back and then went through the classrooms."

We can see him going from classroom to classroom.
Then, with no one looking, he ducks into a men's room and stuffs something under his shirt.

"It looks like the bathroom is where he tucked the two wallets inside his pants, then went back out to see if he could find any more classrooms open."

At one point, he doffs his cap and we got a good look at his face.

Police say he got several credit and debit cards, not to mention cash and other personal items. He started using those cards at places where they don't usually check ID's-- a Walmart, a Shell and a BP gas station.

I asked the officer if he was surprised someone would find an open door and steal from teachers. He wasn't.

"Criminals these days, you just don't know, Paul, when they have opportunity to do something, even on the first day when teachers are returning, they're going to take the chance to see what they can get out of it."

The two teachers who had their wallets stolen quickly canceled their accounts. Police believe this man must have some connection to the school to be in the right place at the right time.

If you know him, call Crime Stoppers at (704) 334-1600 and earn yourself some reward money.

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