Police: Person accused of breaking into 30 vehicles in two weeks

Police: Person accused of breaking into 30 vehicles in two weeks

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A person is wanted for breaking into multiple vehicles in uptown Charlotte during the night and early morning hours.

"We've had 14 cases reported in the last two weeks. In those cases we've had almost 30 cars targeted," Captain Dave Johnson, with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, said. "Going into trucks and SUV's primarily we think looking for guns and tools and other items of value but also breaking windows to get into cars that have items in plain view. So we're asking folks to please secure your valuables, don't leave any bags or purses or backpacks laying out in plain view."

Investigators say the person responsible in these break-ins is targeting parking lots and decks, perhaps slipping in when the security gates open to let drivers in. Police say the increase in vehicle break-ins is occurring in the Graham Street and Gateway area, which is located west of uptown Charlotte.

"Right now we think it's just one person. He's hitting late at night, early morning, 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. when it's quiet," Johnson said. "We've got an increase presence in the area. We've got bike officers, undercover officers, patrol officers working that area right now. Right now, we're just hoping for a break in the case."

Detectives say it's unusual for that part of the city to see this many vehicle break-ins occur at one time.

"In uptown we don't see sprees like this very often. They're usually scattered," Johnson said. "To have so many in one area is unusual for us that's why we're jumping on this. We want to get this resolved as soon as we can."

If you have any information, you're asked to call 911 or Crime Stoppers at (704) 334-1600.

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