Police are investigating the theft of thousands of dollars worth of copper tubing from Service Plumbing of Charlotte on Northline Drive this week. Meanwhile, two men that robbed a Cornelius Rite Aid at gunpoint Jan. 23 now are suspects in a string of other armed robberies, according to a report in the Statesville Record and Landmark this week. Also, more copper wiring was stolen from homes under construction, two people had firearms stolen, a woman sustained minor injuries when a vehicle hit her bicycle. Read below for details of these and other recent incidents.
A 35-year-old Service Plumbing of Charlotte employee told police that sometime between 5 p.m. Saturday and 6:30 a.m. Monday, an unknown suspect(s) cut the back fence to the business and removed 50 pieces of 16-foot copper tubing from the business trucks. The total estimated value of the damage to the fence is $100 and the stolen tubing is valued at $100 each piece, or about $5,000 total. Also, the man told police the suspect(s) cut two ratchet hinge straps attached to a truck and removed 2, 20-foot pieces of PVC tubing, valued at $100 each.
The business is located at 18612 Northline Drive, off Bailey Road in Cornelius. Police are investigating.
RITE AID ROBBERY
Two men robbed a Mooresville Food Lion Grocery Store at gunpoint Saturday night, and Iredell Police believe they may be the same men who robbed a Huntersville Food Lion and two Rite Aid stores, one in Cornelius and one in Statesville, according an article in the Statesville Record and Landkmark.
According to Cornelius Police, on Jan. 23 two suspects, both black males, entered the Cornelius Rite Aid at 19440 West Catawba Ave. around 9 p.m., ordered the manager at gun point to open the safe, and stole an undisclosed amount of money. During the robbery, the manager was hit on the head with a firearm. The suspects fled the scene before police arrived at 9:02 p.m. and remain at large. Click here to read more about that incident.
Here’s a roundup of other recent incidents:
WEDNESDAY, MAY 9, Cornelius Police Department – A 41-year-old man told police that sometime between 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 8 and Wednesday, May 9, at 5:30 p.m., a known suspect entered his residence, on the 19100 block of Juanita Lane, and stole a black Glock 22 handgun, valued at $800. The police report lists two female suspects, one 35-years-old and one 29. Police are investigating.
THURSDAY, MAY 10, 6:37 p.m., Catawba Ave. and N. Main St. – A 20-year-old Cornelius woman suffered minor injuries when she was struck while riding her bicycle on W. Catawba. The driver of the vehicle, a 30-year-old man, told police the car behind him beeped because they had the green light, so he began to turn onto South Main Street and struck the bicycle. A witness told police the driver entered the intersection while the light was red. Police determined that the woman on the bicycle was riding the wrong way against traffic in the crosswalk.
FRIDAY, MAY 11, 10:20 p.m., 19100 block of Peninsula Club Drive – A 66-year-old man told police that sometime between 6 and 10 p.m. Friday, an unknown suspect(s) stole his green .38 Kel-Tec pistol, valued at approximately $250. Police are investigating.
SUNDAY, MAY 13, 3:43 p.m., Torrence Chapel Road and W. Catawba – A 19-year-old woman lost control of her car while attempting to make a quick left turn onto West Catawba Avenue from Torrence Chapel Road. According to the police report, she was accelerating through the turn in an attempt to pass another vehicle and change lanes. Due to her speed on the wet roadway, her vehicle spun 180 degrees and struck a nearby Energy United high voltage box about 28 feet off the right side of the roadway. No injuries were reported.
SUNDAY, MAY 13, 11:04 a.m., 8200 block of Townley Road – A 45-year-old woman told police that sometime between 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday, an unknown suspect(s) entered her vehicle while it was parked in her unlocked garage and stole a GPS and charger, a camera and a frisbee golf set. The total estimated value of the items stolen is $300. Police are investigating.
SUNDAY, MAY 13, 10:20 a.m., 18501 Harbor Light Blvd., Peninsula Yacht Club – A 41-year-old man told police that sometime between 8 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday, an unknown suspect(s) broke the power sliding rear window on his vehicle. The total estimated value of the damages is $500. Police are investigating.
MONDAY, MAY 14, 12:30 p.m., 20200 block of Railroad Street – A 41-year-old woman told police that someone stole her cell phone and lap top computer from her apartment. The total estimated value of the items is $1,500. Police list a 47-year-old Charlotte man as a suspect and are investigating.
MONDAY, MAY 14, 12:08 p.m., 18400 block of W. Catawba Avenue, Lennar homes – A 37-year-old employee told police that sometime between 5 p.m. May 7 and 9 a.m. May 14, an unknown suspect(s) entered two houses under construction and stole a total of $1,000 in copper wiring. Police are investigating.
MONDAY, MAY 14, 9 a.m., 17600 block of Calverton Road – A 34-year-old woman told police that sometime between 6 p.m. May 10 and 8:30 a.m. May 14, an unknown suspect(s) entered her vehicle and stole a Leap frog Leap Pad, valued at about $100. Police are investigating.
MONDAY, MAY 14, 8:40 a.m., 16500 block of Knox Road – A 31-year-old man told police that someone entered his vehicle and stole a backpack and a rolling suitcase, valued at about $350 total. Police are investigating.