Teens charged in connection with spree of business break-ins

Two teenagers are under arrest after a series of business break-ins and a wild ride overnight.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Two teenagers are under arrest after a series of business break-ins and a wild ride overnight.

Police said the 16-year-old suspects, identified as Lamariay Witherspoon and Douglas Mobley, crashed a vehicle in Huntersville after police tried to initiate a traffic stop. 

Both teenagers were taken into custody, after a dozen business burglaries in Ballantyne and Huntersville early Monday morning. 

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Now, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is trying to identify two other suspects in the case. CMPD is working with several other agencies to see if that group is responsible for even more crimes in other parts of the region. 

In one Ballantyne shopping area, the suspects targeted several businesses, including a Pizza Hut and a JJ’s Red Hots next door. 

“It’s not only just in certain areas that it used to be because I’ve always lived in Charlotte, but it’s everywhere,” said one customer.

Then more restaurants were targeted a few miles away, including a Chipotle. All those crimes happened between 1:40 a.m. and 2:20 a.m.

“Having that many businesses broken into is pretty surprising,” said another shopper.

Police said the teen suspects didn't get away with much money.

“It’s pointless, they put themselves in danger they put a lot of public in danger for pocket money is what it boils down to,” said Captain Todd Lontz with CMPD.

CMPD is recommending businesses keep areas well-lit with alarm systems and signage.

“Signs everywhere that they will only keep up to $100 in their register,” said Officer Johnathan Frisk with CMPD crime prevention.

CMPD is working with several other agencies to determine if another group of suspects is responsible for crimes in other parts of the region. 

Police say they also recovered a stolen gun from the suspects. If you have any information about the case you’re asked to call Crimestoppers at 704-334-1600. 

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