CMPD: Two Brothers Facing 70 Charges Following Two-Year Crime Spree In Mecklenburg County
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department say two brothers are behind bars and facing a total of 70 charges following a two-year crime spree in Mecklenburg County.
In the summer of 2019, police say Joseph Caldwell, who was 24-years-old at the time, was scheduled to appear in court to stand trial for five felony charges related to several breaking and entering motor vehicle cases. Caldwell was reportedly facing jail time. However, police say they lost contact with him even though he was court-ordered to wear an electronic monitoring device. Caldwell became a wanted fugitive and this is when police say the crime spree began.
Beginning on July 19, 2019, CMPD started receiving reports of multiple car break-ins in north Charlotte. For the next two months, communities in north Charlotte continued to be victimized, according to a news release.
Police say a firearm, purses, wallets and other valuable items were taken during the course of these crimes. Detectives reportedly caught a break in the case when a credit card that had been stolen out of a vehicle was used to make a purchase. This evidence, along with video surveillance provided by an alert community member, helped police identify Caldwell as a suspect and three warrants for his arrest were issued on August 22, 2019, according to a news release.
A search warrant was executed on August 23, 2019 and detectives say they found a large amount of stolen property that connected Caldwell to seven more cases. Detective then sought additional warrants on Caldwell, who now had a combined total of 39 outstanding warrants, according to a news release.
Search and apprehension efforts continued for several months, but officers were not able to locate Caldwell. At the beginning of December 2020, police located Caldwell but he got away after a foot chase, according to a news release. Again, at the end of February 2021, Caldwell was spotted but never taken into custody by officers.
Finally, on February 26, 2021, officers spotted Caldwell and he was taken into custody following a foot chase. At the time of arrest, officers say Caldwell was in possession of a stolen vehicle as well as a firearm that been stolen from an unlocked vehicle in 2020.
Caldwell was interviewed and served with the 55 outstanding warrants he had accumulated from his crime spree, according to a news release. His brother, Isaiah Caldwell, 18, was also arrested during the foot chase on Feb. 26th. Police say he had 15 warrants for his arrest from similar offenses in Cornelius. He was also charged by CMPD for possession of a stolen firearm, possession of marijuana, and resisting an officer.
Detectives say they are continuing to investigate to see if the brothers are connected to any other cases in the area. Anyone with information on these suspects or their alleged crime spree is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.