CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Police are warning homeowners across south Charlotte after thousands of dollars worth of valuables have been taken from homes over the last couple of months.
Officers have seen a spike in thefts lately, and contractors and other visitors allowed into the home might be behind at least some the break-ins.
One home in the 1200 block of Chandler Place in the Providence Park neighborhood of south Charlotte was robbed of $18,000 worth of family heirloom silver, kids games and jewelry. The theft occurred sometime in July, and the owners say they had several workers over to the home for repairs.
“At first I thought, did I move them,” asked homeowner Sarah Winchester-Sikes. “I have four kids and we have a tendency to re-arrange things.”
Over the next couple months, Winchester-Sikes noticed more items missing. That includes last week, when she called police to her house.
“I opened a drawer and that’s when I noticed my parent’s silver was gone,” she added.
Winchester-Sikes says no one broke into her home and there are no keys missing. She says a handful of contractors have been to the house working on various items because the house is older and needed a few things fixed.
She was home most of the time contractors were there but was busy watching her kids instead of the workers. She also says there were two times when a contractor was there when she was gone.
About a mile away in one Foxcroft neighborhood a woman reported her $6,000 diamond engagement ring was stolen while paint contractors were in and out of the house during a project. The police report indicates the robbery took place sometime in April but it was just now reported.
The two south Charlotte thefts are on top of five other residential burglaries in the last week at homes on Providence Road, North Wendover Road, Ellsworth Road, Beal Street and Greentree Drive.
Everything from computers to video games, jewelry and cell phones were taken, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department reports.
Police have increased patrols in those areas and urge people not to let their guard down if guests are working in their homes.