Earlier this month, an armed robbery reportedly took place in the middle of the day in a busy shopping center. The owner of a Charlotte-area jewelry store told police that he was caught off guard when two men entered his store, held a gun to his face and demanded that he give them cash. He also claims that he was beaten during the alleged robbery, which has caused concern in the area about an increase in both property crime and crimes involving violence.
There is no denying that sometimes police investigators gather serious evidence against accused individuals. While not always indicative of guilt, surveillance video can be one particularly effective tool for prosecutors in their efforts to obtain a conviction. But because these videos are often shot from odd angles and have a blurred or grainy quality, they can present problems for correctly identifying a person who may have committed a crime.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have charged a 27-year-old man with committing a series of robberies. The young man is now facing various criminal charges, chief among them robbery with a dangerous weapon.
A man from Waxhaw, North Carolina, is facing accusations of criminal conduct in connection with the robbery of a bank in the Ballantyne area of Charlotte. Although he was taken into custody by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police, federal authorities are also involved in the case. Officials are pressing felony charges of common law robbery against the 47-year-old man.