Editor’s note: This section covers crimes that occurred from Jan. 27 to Thursday, Feb. 3. Significant crimes are defined as any felony case currently under investigation or closed. During this period, there were no significant events in the towns of Hemby Bridge, Lake Park, Marvin, Mineral Springs or Wesley Chapel. All cases are considered open unless otherwise stated.
One stop shopping
Over $5400 worth of merchandise was stolen from a Fiarview man’s residence Jan. 28. The incident happened just before 2pm, at the 8400 block of Unionville Brief Road. The 30 year old owner came home to find his 47 inch tv, blu ray player, X-Box 360 and over 14 games were missing, along with 22 guns, his wallet and an estimated $1,000 in collectible cards. There was no damage to the property and no sign of a break-in.
Trash can burned at local school
Deputies were called out to Porter Ridge Middle School Feb. 2, after one of the school’s trash cans was set on fire. The incident happened just after 1pm at the school, located at the 2800 block of Ridge Road. No one was harmed and no further damage was reported.
Came back for a movie poster
Two days after thieves went through an Indian Trail man’s residence, they came back to steal a movie poster. On Jan. 31, deputies were called out to the 2500 block of Paperbark Drive, after thieves pried open a door and gained access to the home. Taken from inside were two mowers, a weedeater, an edger, a pressure washer and a propane tank. On Feb. 2, the homeowner called deputies again, as yet another piece of property had gone missing, this time a movie poster hung up on the wall.
Blankets and trailer lifted
Deputies were called out to Van Buren Avenue Jan. 29, after thieves broke in. The incident happened at a property located at the 1000 block of Van Buren Aveue, just after 4pm when thieves broke a lock and gained access to the home. Taken from inside were 20 blankets and a $5,000 van trailer.
Death on Rock River Road
One man is jail facing second degree murder after a hit and run on Rocky River Road. Monroe police were called out to the scene on Rocky River, near the intersection with Myers Road, after 11:30pm on Jan. 27. When they arrived, the officers found Roy Dean Mittelsteadt, 46, of 3908 Harrington Quick Road, Monroe, dead. Mr. Mittelsteadt, who had been riding his bicycle on his way home from work, was struck by a hit and run driver.
Officers notified the surrounding agencies to be on the lookout for any vehicle that had substantial front end damage. Around 3:30 a.m. The next morning, Wingate Police officers stopped a white Honda Element that had massive front end damage. Wingate Police placed the driver under arrest for DWI and contacted the Monroe Police Department.
Stephen Lance Helms, 31 of 4118 Firethorne Road, Charlotte, NC, was charged with second degree homicide. He is in the Union County Jail, with further charges pending.
Broke in to go shopping
A camera, a laptop and other materials were taken from a Unionville home Wednesday, Feb. 2. The 47-year-old homeowner noticed the missing materials when he returned to see the back door forced open. Taken from inside were several DVDs, a cedar box, a camera, an iPod Toch and a laptop.
Drove off with the Dodge
Thieves broke into a vehicle and then drove off with it this past week, at the 1500 block of Sikes Mill Road. The homeowner returned to find a 1990 Dodge Caravan missing from the property, with nothing else damage or taken in the theft.
Sentencing for Weddington man
A Weddington man will serve 56 months in jail after being sentenced in U.S. District Court Feb. 2. Steven P. Lee, 38, was arrested in June 2010 and charged with fraudulently soliciting over $1.5 million from investors for a luxury condominium project known as Arcadian Residence and Resort, which would have been built in Concord. Lee was also charged with failing to file tax returns for the years during which he collected the investor funds. On June 9, 2010, Lee entered a plea of guilty as charged.
According to official court documents, Lee marketed Arcadian as a luxury condominium project in Concord, NC to be built next to the Lowe’s Motor Speedway. From about June 2007 through about January 2009, from his principal offices of VP Companies USA and Arcadian, located in the Ballantyne area of Charlotte, Lee collected money for the project. Court documents state that Lee used investors’ money to fund his own lifestyle never developing Arcadian, while his investors lost their money.
Chief Judge Robert J. Conrad, Jr. also ordered that the defendant be immediately taken into custody, finding that he was both a flight risk and an economic danger to the community.