Union County sheriff’s investigators have arrested and charged seven suspects in a rash of car break-ins in the northern and western ends of the county and are searching for two more suspects.
Over the past 2 1/2 months, sheriff’s deputies investigated 58 break-ins where various items were stolen at night from unlocked cars, Sheriff Eddie Cathey said Friday.
“In virtually all of these offenses, the thieves targeted unlocked cars with valuables left in them,” Cathey said in announcing the arrests. “The thefts would not have occurred and the resulting hundreds of hours in investigative resources could have been redirected to serious felony offenses had people simply removed their valuables and locked their cars.”
The Unionville, Fairview and New Salem areas of northern Union County saw the largest number of break-ins, a total of 44, the sheriff said.
The other 14 break-ins were in western Union County in the Weddington, Marvin and Indian Trail areas, Cathey said.
The break in the case came when the sheriff’s crime analyst identified a pattern in the break-ins and predicted the likelihood of the next locations, times and targets, Cathey said.
Arrested and charged in the north end break-ins and thefts were Timothy Steven Johnson, 22, of Monroe; Larry Alexander Nail, 21, of Stallings; Robert Morrow III, 28, and Joshua Franklin Stewart.
Arrested and charged in the west side break-ins and thefts were Tyler Anthony Milner, John James Bocek and Trenton Gregory Jones, no ages and addresses available.
Warrants have been issued for Zohaib Ali Khan, 21, and Daniel Chad Floto, 24, both of Charlotte.