Pair arrested after string of "Sweepstakes Parlor" burglaries

Pair arrested after string of "Sweepstakes Parlor" burglaries

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by GLEN COUNTS / NewsChannel 36 Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on July 30, 2012 at 7:25 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 30 at 7:41 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Since January more than two dozen Internet sweepstakes parlors have been burglarized in Charlotte including Laid Back Jacks.

"They trashed our office. Ransacked everything, just a nightmare mess… just trying to organize where you could work," said Doc Roseman the manager.

Two men are in custody, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Investigators say they arrested 32-year-old Robert Tyson, and 26-year-old Demarcus Moore.

"I believe Mr. Tyson started this on his own then he got Mr. Moore involved as a lookout. Specifically to help him move some of the bigger safes," said CMPD Sgt. Marc Robson.

Robson says security video played a key role in the case. The suspects drove a Chrysler 300 with distinctive looking aftermarket rims.

The car was caught on camera and caught the eye of some witnesses. “It was caught on videotape and a couple of witnesses got the tag off the car,” said the Sgt.

Police ran the tag and it came back to Tyson. For the past week they put him under surveillance and allegedly caught him and Moore in the act.

Investigators displayed some of the stolen property found in their possession including a safe, computer, and a crow bar which may have been used to break into some of the businesses.
 
"These guys would go either through the roof or they would break in through the front door or pry the back door open," said Robson.

The manager of Laid Back Jacks is thankful an arrest has been made. "I think it’s great they caught them, it makes us feel safer," said Roseman.

Police will now try and link the pair to the other cases.

 

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