Editor’s note: Unless otherwise noted, the crimes in this section were reported from Nov. 12 to 18. During that timeframe, there were no significant incidents in the towns of Fairview, Hemby Bridge, Lake Park, Marvin, New Salem, Unionville or Wesley Chapel. Unless otherwise stated, all investigations are ongoing.
Counterfeit bill passed at Food Lion
A customer paid for groceries with a counterfeit $20 bill Monday, Nov. 15, at the Indian Trail Food Lion. Officials discovered the false bill after the customer left. Sheriff’s deputies are investigating.
Car damaged at local store
A customer came out of a local business Monday, Nov. 15, to find his vehicle damaged. The incident happened at Exhibit World, in the 13000 block of Independence Boulevard. Vandals shattered a window of the car with a brick, causing $100 damage. The owner reported nothing missing and no other damage.
Stereo stolen from Civic
Thieves ran off with an Indian Trail resident’s car stereo Nov. 12, after breaking into the Honda Civic in the 5700 block of Secrest Shortcut Road. The thieves broke a side window with a rock or brick, allowing the thieves access and pulled the stereo out. The 19-year-old owner discovered the theft early the next morning.
Death investigation continues
How did a 39-year-old Marshville resident end up dead in a home on the other side of town? That’s what deputies are investigating. The incident was called in Monday, Nov. 15, after 9:15 a.m., at the 4100 block of Helms Funderburke Road. The death is not being labeled a homicide at this time, but the investigation is ongoing.
Man arrested after Olive Branch break-in
One man is in custody after a break-in at a Marshville residence Nov. 12. The 65-year-old homeowner returned to the 6000 block of Olive Branch Road and discovered someone had pried on a door and stolen two bow saws. After an investigation, 33-year-old Polkton resident Kelly Dewayne Hammond was arrested and charged with felony breaking and entering, as well as larceny.
Thieves drive off with local man’s car
Deputies were called to the 5000 block of Waxhaw Highway Monday, Nov. 15, when a 73-year-old Mineral Springs resident found his 1997 Ford Convertible missing from his home. Investigators found no signs of damage, and the owner didn’t hear any sounds indicating a break-in.
Robbery suspects charged in Charlotte robberies
Before hitting the Monroe Division of Motor Vehicles office Nov. 1, two men had robbed multiple DMV locations in Mecklenburg County, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police obtained warrants Sunday, Nov. 14, charging the men with crimes dating back to 2007. The department has charged Melvin Lee Luckey, 33, and Otis Redding Howie Jr., 25, with robbery with a deadly weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery in the Oct. 8 robbery of the License Plate Agency at 809 E. Arrowood Road in Charlotte.
Luckey also faces robbery charges in the Sept. 24, 2007, robbery of a License Plate Agency at 4200 South Boulevard in Charlotte.
The pair were arrested Nov. 9 and are in the Union County jail on charges related to the Nov. 1 shooting of License Plate Agency operator Crystal Jordan and her husband Robbie. Both victims were taken to Carolinas Medical Center-Union. Robbie Jordan has left the hospital, but Crystal Jordan remains hospitalized at Carolinas Medical Center-Main in Charlotte. On Wednesday, Nov. 17, doctors had upgraded her condition from critical to serious.
Break-in on Glen Oaks Drive
Thieves targeted a Weddington man’s residence Sunday night or early Monday, leaving with more than $4,000 worth of merchandise. Just after 7 a.m. Monday, Nov. 15, the 56-year-old resident woke up to find someone had broken the front door to his home in 4400 block of Glen Oaks Circle and left with two flat-screen TVs and a laptop computer. Investigators estimated $400 damage to the door.