The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office last week charged a 17-year-old Charlotte man with dozens of counts of break-in and thefts that involved unlocked cars near Mooresville, Sheriff Darren Campbell said.
Kenneth Marcel Gregory, of Statesville Road, Charlotte, is being held on a $200,000 secured bond.
The break-ins were reported between May 16 and June 14, according to a press release. The cars were in neighborhoods near Perth Road, State Park Road, Shinnville Road, Fern Hill Road and Rankin Hill Road.
Footage from some home security cameras showed a hooded man entering the vehicles.
The suspect stole a credit card from one of the vehicles, which was later used at a convenience store in Charlotte, the press release said. Video from that store showed Gregory using the stolen card to make a purchase.
Gregory was also using a Jeep Renegade that was already connected to several additional break-ins near Mooresville, according to the sheriff’s office.
Gregory was charged with 56 counts of felony breaking and entering a motor vehicle, 20 counts of larceny, two counts of felony larceny, five counts of felony larceny of a firearm and one count of felony larceny of a motor vehicle.
“He specifically targeted unlocked vehicles,” Campbell said. “Don’t leave valuables in your car and definitely never leave your car unlocked.”