The one crime that's doubled in Charlotte this year

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The one crime that's doubled in Charlotte this year

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by MICHELLE BOUDIN / NewsChannel 36 Staff

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WCNC.com

Posted on July 18, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 18 at 6:10 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It's a crime that has happened twice as much so far this year as it did all of last year in Charlotte.
 
Bunny Geter doesn't use a car, but instead opts for the $5 worth of gas that lasts all week with her scooter, which she loves.

“We just got a new one last week, a blue one,” she said.

 But she worries.

“I know two got stolen back there two weeks ago (and) somebody else’s got stolen,” Geter said.
 
Police said scooter thefts are on the rise.

“It’s a significant problem,” said Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Sgt. Rich Tonsberg.

Sgt. Rich Tonsberg said it is happening more and more and all across the city.

“Right now we’ve pretty much doubled the scooter, moped thefts from last year probably because of the ease of the thefts.  A lot of these scooters aren’t secured.  They can be easily picked up, put in the back of a pick-up truck.  It’s just a very easy crime to commit.”
 
Police are working on a push to get scooter owners to write down serial numbers and to engrave contact info on the bikes, so that when stolen ones are recovered they can get them back to owners.

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