CHARLOTTE, N.C.–The owner of a townhome returned from dinner to find a burglar running from his patio door with jewelry and cash. It all happened across the street from Tisha Wilson’s home. “That bothers me, because most of the time I’m here by myself,” Wilson said.
That burglary is part of a spike in crime in South Charlotte. In just the last two weeks, Charlotte Mecklenburg Police say there have been 11 home burglaries and 10 car burglaries in their South Division. In addition to cash and jewelry, thieves have gotten away with laptops, flat screen televisions, power tools, even a kayak. “I got two little kids, got a little sister, and they’re always out here playing around. I don’t want it to be anything that brings the neighborhood down or have people scared to come around here,” said South Charlotte resident Julian Wilson.
Multi-million-dollar homes have been targeted. In one, thieves kicked in the back door of a home in the exclusive Seven Eagles guard-gated community. At another, a son at home alone on Sharon View Road came face to face with a burglar and locked himself in a basement until she took off. Nearby homeowners and residents hope this recent spike in crime soon comes to an end. “I hope it’s an isolated incident…I hope it is,” said Tisha Wilson
Police are asking residents of South Charlotte to call 911 if they see anything suspicious and remove valuables from their cars.