Crimestoppers: Piper Glen break-in

Crimestoppers: Small clues could connect suspect to crime

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Police are investigating a home burglary in the prestigious Piper Glen neighborhood. Jewelry was stolen, a safe taken, and police believe it has the makings of an inside job.

A neighbor's surveillance camera caught a heavy-set man getting into a black car. Across the street, the homeowner had been gone only two hours, but came back to find the home had been burglarized.

"Pried the back door open, went in kitchen, went directly down stairs to a bedroom that had a safe," said CMPD Officer Tori Roddey. "Somebody has to have knowledge of the layout of this house."

That somebody pried open a closet with a keypad, stole jewelry and took one of two hidden safes.

"Definitely somebody who's worked in the house, or been by the house or even a relative," Roddey said. "It could be anybody."

But it's not anyone the homeowner knew, and they didn't recognize the black car. Police believe there was an accomplice waiting in the car. And they believe they found something that may help solve the case.

"During the investigation, they did find some little rocks, pebbles, maybe from the concrete or some type of rocks, leading down to where they found the safe," Roddey said. "It's definitely off their shoes, but we don't know if this is from a construction group or what have you, but that's being investigated right now."

Officer Roddey hopes someone will recognize that black newer model car that was in or around the Piper Glen area on Saint Patrick's Day, March 17.

If so, call Crime Stoppers at (704) 334-1600. Crime doesn't pay, Crime Stoppers does.

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