FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Contact: Keith Trietley, CMPD Public Affairs
Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Targeted Response & Apprehension Unit, along with the assistance of Crime Analysis Unit have charged Larry Smith, DOB: 04/27/1961, for his involvement in several breaking and enterings.
In early January 2016, the Crime Analysis Unit noticed a spike in new home construction thefts that were targeting newly installed appliances. The Crime Analysis Unit was able to identify over twenty thefts that occurred since December 28, 2015, affecting several CMPD Divisions. Detectives with the Targeted Response & Apprehension Unit were notified and began an investigation into the thefts.
On January 29, 2016, detectives with the Targeted Response & Apprehension Unit located Mr. Smith leaving the scene of a break-in on Graypark Drive in the North Division with a stove in the back of his pick-up truck. Detectives, along with North Division patrol officers, conducted a traffic stop nearby and determined that the break-in occurred at 5302 Graypark Drive (CMPD report number 2016-0129-0122-00). Mr. Smith was arrested and transported to police headquarters where he was interviewed by detectives. During the interview, Mr. Smith confessed to a second theft that was reported on December 28, 2015 at 5306 Graypark Drive. (CMPD report number 2015-1228-0813-00)
At the conclusion of the interview, Mr. Smith was charged with two counts of Felony Breaking and Entering, two counts of Larceny after Breaking and Entering, Possession of Stolen Property and Possession of Burglary Tools and transferred to the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office.
Because of the quick response by the Targeted Response & Apprehension Unit and North Division patrol officers, this enabled officers to arrest Mr. Smith and locate the stolen property.
Anyone with additional information concerning these cases or the suspect is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704.334.1600. To learn more about the Crime Stoppers mobile app, please visit http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.