Crime Stoppers: Serial burglar strikes again

Crime Stoppers: CMPD search for serial burglar

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A serial burglar struck the same place twice, now he's wanted for several more break-ins near Central Avenue and Eastway Drive.

It was 3:41 a.m. when surveillance video shows the first blow to the glass door. Then came another, and another, and several more, before the prowler peels the glass from the frame and tosses his pick-axe through.

Yes, he's brought a pick-axe to the burglary. He then worms his way in.

"Looks like he had on some gym shorts and basketball shorts," said CMPD Detective Tori Roddey. "He has one sock on."

It's one sock on his foot and one sock on his hand.

"He's using his bare hand right there trying to open the register," Detective Roddey said.

Yes, this genius just forgot which hand was covered, but later put socks on both hands, after touching things on the counter - and leaving police partial fingerprints.

"We do have fingerprints, but they're sketchy at best," the detective said.

That's OK, because there's plenty more evidence to come. He uses the pick-axe to try to pry the register open, but it didn't work very well.

"One month prior to this, he broke into the same place and got a huge amount of cash," Detective Roddey said, "so he's coming back for that second round, but this time they only had change in the register."

After struggling to find a measly ten bucks worth of change, he turns his attention to the rest of the store and walks right into a camera close-up.

"[We've got a] great picture of his face, somebody should be able to recognize him right there," Roddey explained while showing the surveillance video.

This is when he notices the video camera in the corner and figures he should disable it. But breaking the camera couldn't erase his cameo appearance.

Police now have his picture, some fingerprints and his pick-axe. They just want someone to identify him.

Call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. You won't have to leave your name and you could earn up to a $1,000 reward.

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