Criminals make mistake of selling stolen goods to officers

Criminals make mistake of selling stolen goods to officers

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by GLENN COUNTS / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on January 9, 2013 at 9:24 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 10 at 9:54 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- All thieves have one general rule: never sell to the police. Three young men from the Valley Dale community made that mistake and now they are in jail.

On Monday, Charlotte-Mecklenburg burglary investigators arrested 19-year-old Jeremy Moody, 17-year-old Detevin Butts and 18-year-old Tai-Quan Rodgers on burglary-related charges.

"I went out to get the newspaper about 9 a.m. that morning and walked out and realized the car was gone and I was stunned," said a victim who did not want to be identified.

Police think the suspects used her car to haul away stolen goods.

"That same BMW was seen at the scene of two break-ins. One on Peachtree and one on Brooktree," said investigator Dan Cunius.

The men allegedly tried to sell their haul, but luckily for officers one of their buyers became suspicious and called police.

The next call the suspects received was from an undercover officer.

"Ultimately, we would like them to think twice about who they are dealing with," said Cunius.

The woman who spoke to NBC Charlotte has gotten her car back, but she was so traumatized by the incident that she took it to a dealer and traded it in for another car.

"I spent a lot of time looking for a car and I just felt like somebody else had been driving my car -- apparently it had been involved in some other crimes -- and I just felt violated. I just did not want to be associated with that vehicle anymore," she said.

Police are now trying to determine how many cases they can link to this ring.

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