Cops Get a Break in Major Investigation
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - 23-year-old Antonio Threatt is in jail, accused of breaking into cell phone stores and stealing thousands of dollars worth of smart phones and tablets. "It's a case that's taken quite a while to build on him," says Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Staff Sergeant Brian Sanders. He and his team arrested Threatt Sunday morning.
Earlier this month, Sanders also put three of Threatt's friends behind bars for the same crimes: dozens of cell phone store break-ins. Just when police thought they cracked this case, another cell phone store was hit Monday in Huntersville. Then Tuesday in Concord. And Wednesday morning, Rock Hill. Sanders says, "It just proves that there are more arrests to be made which, you know, we won't stop until they're all in custody."
So far, the thieves have stolen at least $85,000 worth of merchandise. That doesn't even include property damage. "There's clearly somebody that they're taking these phones to that they're able to unload 'em and sell 'em," says Sanders.
Threatt is being held on $260,000 bond. Police want you to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 if you know anything about the break-ins. You don't have to give your name and you could get a cash reward.