Crime Stoppers: Thieves steal car for string of store and restaurant break-ins

Crime Stoppers: String of store and restaurant break-ins
This crime spree happened in much of June.  It's possible they are using another stolen vehicle.
This crime spree happened in much of June.  It's possible they are using another stolen vehicle.

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Two young men are on CMPD's radar for a string of store and restaurant break-ins.

The most recent was at a Firehouse Sub shop on South Tryon street in southwest Charlotte.

This restaurant has lots of glass in its front and side windows.

And through that glass, at 4 a.m. a white Dodge Ram pickup appears on surveillance.  It's a truck we later learn was stolen.

"Typical break-in here," said CMPD Detective Brandon Miller.  "Throw a rock through the glass, smashes the glass quickly, run in and go straight to the cash register."

And that's exactly what it looked like.  Except when they got to the cash register--

"They got absolutely nothing.  Thankfully the night shift crew closed before these guys came in and emptied out the cash register," Miller said.

The two young men had no trouble breaking in, but as they attempted to leave, one of the crooks tried jumping the counter, slipped and fell in the broken glass.

"They are in such a hurry to get back out, this guy tries to jump over the counter and actually falls flat on his face," Miller said.

Unfortunately, he didn't leave any blood evidence behind.  But let's go back to that getaway truck-- the one that was previously stolen.  It was involved in at least four other break-ins.  It has since been recovered.

"That tells us this is probably crime of opportunity, these guys stole a vehicle got a little more confident, decided to break in some businesses, but once their mode of transportation was taken away from them, they went back into hiding," Miller said.

Because these two were so well covered up, the descriptions are vague.

Both described at 5'7" to 5'9", both with thin builds, and ages unknown.

This crime spree happened in much of June.  It's possible they are using another stolen vehicle.

If you know anything that can help get them off the streets, call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 and you will earn a reward of up to $1,000.

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