Spike in Dilworth break-ins has neighbors on alert

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Paris Marquis Davis (left) and Jumel James

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by NewsChannel 36 Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on June 7, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 7 at 6:01 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are alerting residents in the Dilworth neighborhood of south Charlotte after a recent increase in home burglaries.

Police have noticed a spike in complaints of suspects asking to do yard work in the area, and officers say it may be tied to the jump in home burglaries in the area as well.

Resident Renee McCollum said she received several knocks on her door, but said she didn’t need the work done.  She says she noticed something strange.

“They were walking around asking to mow people’s lawns with no yard equipment,” she said.

Another neighbor who doesn’t want to be identified noted a young man also knocked on his door.

“He said ‘I’ll do it really cheap.  I’ll do it for nothing, I just need to get some work,’” the neighbor said.  “He had no lawn equipment.  It was dusk and getting dark.”

Neighbors are asked by police to be on the lookout for Paris Marquis Davis, 20, and Jumel James, 18.  James and Davis are known associates, police said, and James was seen in Dilworth doing yard work.  

Police consider them persons of interest in the burglaries, but neither has been arrested or charged with those crimes.

Davis was arrested on May 25 for tampering with a vehicle on East Tremont Street. Police said he was lifting car door handles to see if cars were unlocked.

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