A Huntersville man has been charged in connection with a series of vehicle break-ins and burglaries late last week in Cornelius, police say.
Authorities have charged John Eric Stamey, 27, with 17 felony counts in thefts from the Jetton Cove and Silver Quay areas of Cornelius. Stamey was scheduled to make his first court appearance Monday afternoon.
Cornelius police say a resident in the Jetton Cove area entered her garage Thursday and found a man standing there. The woman confronted the man, police say, and he left. A short time later, the woman discovered her purse and cell phone were missing. As police responded to the womans residence, they began receiving calls from other break-in victims in the area.
Cornelius, Mooresville, Huntersville and Davidson police set up a perimeter in the area, but their manhunt was not successful.
On Friday, Cornelius police received more phone calls about break-ins in Jetton Cove and Silver Quay. A cell phone was recovered that belonged to a previous victim. About the same time, a resident on Southport Drive called police and reported a stolen vehicle.
A short time later, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police responded to a vehicle crash on Perkins Drive in north Charlotte -- and, investigators say, discovered the vehicle was the same on reported stolen on Southport Drive. Charlotte-Mecklenburg officers detained the man, who then was arrested by Cornelius police.
Stamey has been charged with nine counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle; four counts of larceny from a motor vehicle; two counts of first-degree burglary; one count of larceny of a motor vehicle; and one count of possession of a stolen vehicle.