Local market asks and receives help from community identifying thieves

A local business owners says his security cameras are helping police find three suspects who broke into his store.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A local business owner is out of more than $5,000.

Police said three people broke into providence produce in Waxhaw, early Monday morning. So far just one suspect has been taken into custody.

“We’re in our fourteenth season of selling fresh fruits and vegetables to our community. This is one of our very busy locations,” said Providence Produce Owner David White.

Monday morning a group decided to stop by after normal business hours, around 2:53 a.m.

In the surveillance footage, a young woman with long dark hair is seen walking inside. Another photo shows a man in a green baseball cap and Nike gym shoes appearing to kneel by the door. The clearest photo of them all captures another male behind the counter near the cash registers.

The surveillance footage provided a glimpse of the getaway car, a black four-door Hyundai Elantra.

“They had pried the door open and stole the registers,” White said.

The total value stolen is around $5,500.

Union County Sheriff’s Department charged 17-year-old Amanda Kotesky with felony breaking and entering.
The other two suspects have yet to be confirmed caught, Andy Stewart and Mike Mentus. Providence Produce Market took to Facebook page to thank the community for their help identifying the suspects.

“Luckily we were able to get some registers over here from one of our other stores and get reopened. But it definitely puts an impact on your day,” White explained.

The owner said a similar break-in happened 10 years ago. Despite everything, he says he is praying for the suspects and their families.

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