CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police says two 16-year-olds are in police custody after a series of commercial robberies that occurred early Monday morning, all within 35 minutes of each other.
Huntersville Police arrested Lamariay Witherspoon and Douglas Mobley following a short chase around 4:30 a.m. Monday. One of the two had possession of a gun that was reported as stolen in Charlotte, according to CMPD.
CMPD said the suspects smashed the windows of seven restaurants and then targeted cash registers. The robberies all occurred within 1:45 to 2:20 a.m.
The first call came in around 1:45 a.m. for JJ's Red Hots on John J Delaney Drive. While officers were investigating, they found two other businesses robbed in the same shopping center. Those businesses were Chef Kwos and Pizza Hut.
The second call came into CMPD around 2:15 a.m. for the restaurant B. Good located on the 14800 block of Ballantyne Village Way.
Finally, CMPD was alerted of two other businesses that were robbed in a third shopping center shortly after. Both businesses, Chipotle and Kabuto Japanese Steakhouse, were located on the 7720 block of Pineville-Matthews Road.
CMPD said charges are pending for the two teens. Police are working to identify two other individuals that may have been involved in the burglaries.
Anyone with information on the other suspects or the burglaries is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.