HUNTERSVILLE, NC (WBTV) - Two 16-year-olds are in custody after police say they burglarized 13 different businesses in South Charlotte and Huntersville, then crashed a vehicle after eluding officers.
All the burglaries occurred between 1:45 and 2:20 a.m. Monday. In each incident, the businesses' glass doors were smashed with a rock, and the thieves then targeted the cash registers. Almost all of the burglaries happened at restaurants.
Lamariay Witherspoon and Douglas Mobley, both 16, were arrested and charged in connection to the string of burglaries. Officers say they are also searching for two other suspects but did not give further details.
CMPD did not release how much money was taken altogether, but praised the targeted business for not having large amounts of cash inside during non-business hours and having security systems, as police say it helped them catch two out of the four suspects.
Officers responding to one of the break-ins saw a vehicle leaving the scene at a "high rate of speed." The officers tried to catch up with the vehicle but lost sight of it near Gilead Road.
The crash happened a short time later on Beatties Ford Road near Carrington Pointe Drive. Firefighters said there was a "car versus a tree." The driver had fled from the vehicle when crews arrived, officials said.
Investigators say evidence left inside the vehicle appeared to point back to the six break-ins.
Later, police got a call about two males in a nearby neighborhood who were knocking on doors and asking for a ride to Charlotte. The two males were located and detained.
One of the teens that's now in custody had a stolen gun on him while being taken in by police.
No one was injured during the break-ins or the crash.
CMPD is working to see if the teens were involved in any other burglaries and that will determine how many charges they will face.
Anyone with further information should call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.