Several burglars were arrested this past weekend after attempting to break into a home that Charlotte police were already investigating, according to WSOC.
In Uptown Charlotte’s Garden District Drive, a homeowner returned to find his house broken into by several men. He was able to quietly escape the property and dial 911.
“I looked out my window at 5 or 6 and there were six or seven cop cars out here and I had no idea what was going on. It could have happened to anybody.” commented next door neighbor Kathryn Ruland.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police arrived and arrested two suspects, 33-year-old Johnny Penny and 24-year-old Javonte Cathcart, while a few others ran away.
The next thing that happened shocked everyone. According to CMPD officers, two hours later, three of the original suspects came back to break into the same home again. Unbeknownst to them, police were still in the home completing their investigation.
Those three suspects, 20-year-old Malik Long, 18-year-old Khalil Wallace and 16-year-old Jamaka Culbreath, tried to run but were caught and taken into custody.
“I was in my house and I just saw a bunch of cops; I didn’t know what was going on – all of a sudden I heard screaming and ran inside, it was crazy.” commented another neighbor, Avi Bagley.
Penny, Cathcart, Long and Wallace are now charged with felony breaking and entering. Cullbreath is charged with possession of stolen goods. Penny and Wallace are additionally charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.