***UPDATE*** Independence and TRAP Divisions - Two suspects charged in multiple larceny from autos

4/20/2018

Case Update: Friday, April 20, 2018,

Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Independence Division have charged Dalton Hopkins (DOB: 11/16/1999) for his involvement in several Larceny from Motor Vehicle cases.

Earlier today, Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's TRAP Unit and officers from the Freedom Division were able to locate Dalton Hopkins and arrest him for several warrants related to breaking into motor vehicles.  Dalton Hopkins was then interviewed by detectives and subsequently transported to the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sherriff's Office.

This is an ongoing, active investigation.  As further information develops it will be released by CMPD Public Affairs.

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or visit the Crime Stoppers mobile app website at http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018,

A joint effort between Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's TRAP Unit and officers from the Independence Division has resulted in a combined 57 charges of two suspects in motor vehicle breaking and entering cases throughout six CMPD Divisions and three outside agencies.

Incidents

20180325190800: On March 25, 2018, a victim reported her vehicle was broken into near the 6200 block of Thermal Road.  The suspect in this case smashed one of the windows of the victim's vehicle and took property belonging to the victim.

20180325184700: On March 25, 2018, a victim reported his vehicle was broken into near the 100 block of Old Bell Road.  The suspect in this case initially used an unknown pry tool in attempts to gain access into the vehicle.  The suspect ultimately smashed one of the windows of the victim's vehicle and rummaged through the vehicle.

20180326102601: On March 26, 2018, a victim reported his vehicle was broken into near the 7300 block of Sardis Road.  The suspect in this case smashed one of the windows of the victim's vehicle and rummaged through the vehicle.

20180328115700: On March 28, 2018, a victim reported his vehicle was broken into near the 300 block of Boyce Road.  The suspect in this case smashed the window of the victim's vehicle and took property belonging to the victim.

20180328122603: On March 28, 2018, two victims reported their respective vehicles were broken into near the 7400 block of Thermal Road.  The suspect smashed the window of one of the vehicles and took property belonging to the victim.  The suspect entered the other vehicle via an unlocked door and took property belonging to the victim.

20180329094302: On March 29, 2018, a victim reported her vehicle was broken into near the 6200 block of Thermal Road.  The suspect in this case entered the victim's vehicle via an unlocked door and took property belonging to the victim.

20180330053200: On March 30, 2018, a victim reported her vehicle was broken into near the 8700 block of Lawyers Road.  The suspect in this case smashed the window of the victim's vehicle and rummaged through the vehicle.

20180402101401: On April 2, 2018, a victim reported his vehicle was broken into near the 100 block of Old Bell Road.  The suspect in this case smashed a window of the victim's vehicle and took property belonging to the victim.

20180405083701: On April 5, 2018, two victims reported their respective vehicles were broken into near the 100 block of Old Bell Road.  The suspect in this case smashed both windows of the victims' vehicles and took property belonging to the victims. 

20180406075301: On April 6, 2018, a victim reported her vehicle was broken into near the 6200 block of Thermal Road.  The suspect in this case smashed the window of the victim's vehicle and took property belonging to the victim.

20180408071800: On April 8, 2018, five victims reported their respective vehicles were broken into near the 100 block of Old Bell Road.  The suspect in this case entered all five vehicles via a smashed window, and took property belonging to four of the victims.

Investigation

On April 5, 2018, a K9 officer attempted to stop a suspect vehicle involved in some of the aforementioned cases, but the suspect failed stop and fled.  The K9 officer did not pursue the suspect vehicle, but was able to positively identify the driver as matching the description of the suspect involved in some of the aforementioned cases.

On April 9, 2018, Independence Division officers were patrolling the area near the 100 block of Old Bell Road when they observed a vehicle matching the description of one of the suspect vehicles in some of the aforementioned cases.  Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but the vehicle failed to stop and fled at a high rate of speed.  The officers did not pursue the vehicle, but were able to positively identify a passenger of the vehicle as Dalton Hopkins.

On April 11, 2018, Detectives with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's TRAP Unit were conducting surveillance in attempts to locate Dalton Hopkins for outstanding warrants stemming from the car break-ins at the Charlotte Fire Department.  Through this surveillance, TRAP Detectives were able to identify Kenneth Meaders as being a second suspect in some of the aforementioned cases.

On April 12, 2018, Detectives with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's TRAP Unit collaborated with the Independence Division's Crime Reduction Unit (CRU) officers to conduct surveillance at a location Dalton Hopkins and Kenneth Meaders were known to frequent.  Kenneth Meaders was located at this location and arrested on traffic-related warrants which had been signed on him for his failure to stop for the officers on April 9, 2018.  Kenneth Meaders was then transported to the Independence Division where he was interviewed.

Through investigative efforts from both the TRAP Unit and Independence Division officers, a combined total of 43 arrest warrants were obtained on Kenneth Meaders and Dalton Hopkins for their involvement in the cases above.  In addition to these 11 cases, Kenneth Meaders was also found to be in possession of stolen property.  This stolen property is related to 11 cases within six CMPD divisions, and three cases reported by other agencies.

Kenneth Meaders (DOB: 02/09/1983) has been charged with 17 counts of Breaking and Entering a Motor Vehicle, 11 counts of Misdemeanor Larceny, and two counts of Felony Larceny.  Dalton Hopkins (DOB: 11/16/1999) has outstanding arrest warrants for seven counts of Breaking and Entering a Motor Vehicle, five counts of Misdemeanor Larceny, and one count of Felony Larceny. 

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is requesting the public's assistance in locating Dalton Hopkins, as the aforementioned warrants for his arrest are still outstanding.

This is an active and ongoing investigation.  As further information develops it will be released by CMPD Public Affairs.

Anyone with information about this incident or the whereabouts of Dalton Hopkins can also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or visit the Crime Stoppers mobile app website at http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/

 

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