Crime Stoppers: Thieves wanted in rash of robberies

Crime Stoppers: String of robberies and break-ins

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - There's been a rash of robberies and break-ins in the west Charlotte corridor recently. Police have uncovered some new video evidence in three of those cases.

The first begins with surveillance of a man holding a cinderblock outside the CVS on Beatties Ford Road at 3 a.m. He's seen looking around nervously.

When he figures the coast is clear, he rares back and heaves the cinderblock through the front glass door. Once inside, he finds no money in the registers, so he goes behind the counter.

"They have special, expensive stuff - they keep it behind the register to keep anybody out," said CMPD Detective Tori Roddey.

What are these expensive items?

"Believe it or not, it was footcare stuff."

The man wearing a New York Jets hat stole $400 worth of Amope pedicure wands. He left before police could arrive.

"He cleared them out," the detective said.

Not far away on a residential street, two men were caught on a homeowner's doorbell camera. Detective Roddey says they had just broken into one home and were looking to break into another.

"They're definitely responsible for a string of B&E's throughout the west corridor," Detective Roddey said, "so we want to get these guys identified."

Speaking of repeat criminals, police said a man wearing a GAP sweatshirt has robbed at least ten businesses.

"He's been hitting us since early spring, so he's had a good run."

His most recent was at a McDonald's on Monroe Road where he surprised a clerk at gunpoint, forcing them to open the restaurant safe.

One hour after the McDonald's robbery, police say the GAP-man robbed a nearby Popeye's. Detective Roddey said they're looking to increase the Crime Stoppers reward if they can get a tip that identifies him.

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