A man scheduled to appear in court on charges of possession of a firearm by a felon hacked off his electronic monitor and is on the loose, police said.
Wade Bolton, who Charlotte-Mecklenburg police describe as a habitual felon with several arrests for auto theft, assaults, and firearms violations, cut off his monitor somewhere near Marlowe Avenue in the Ashley Park neighborhood in west Charlotte.
Police encourage anyone with information about Marlowe’s whereabouts to call the Violent Criminal Apprehension team at 704-336-VCAT or 911.
Bolton is the 14th person this year to cut off his court ordered monitor, according to police. The monitors, given to certain offenders who bond out of jail, are in a plastic box attached to a rubber strap, which is lined with fiber optic lines. The strap can be cut with a knife or even sharp scissors. But any slight cut triggers an alert .
CMPD’s $35,000-a-month monitoring program was started in response to a rise in robberies, but has grown significantly since its start in 2007, and is being expanded to cover an array of crimes and suspects.