Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are working to solve a robbery that started as a burglary.
It happened about 8:30 a.m. at a residence on Greenleaf Avenue, not far from uptown, between Bank of America Stadium and Frazier Park.
Police say the burglar got into the house through a bedroom window. He might have thought he was alone, but a 16-year-old was in the house.
“Went to the porch to check it out, and I heard the noise again in my house -- and it was a louder noise,” said the teen, who did not want to be identified.
The teen said he walked toward his mother’s bedroom, pushed open the door, and found a stranger.
“There was a guy sitting in my mom’s room, going through her stuff, completely destroying the room, drawers, everything,” the teen said.
The teen said the burglar pulled out a gun, and he tried to talk with the man.
“When he first pulled the gun out, I said, ‘Man, you don’t have to shoot me.’ He said, “I’m not going to shoot. You just give me what you got.’ “
The teen said he realized the best thing to do was play it safe and cooperate.
“I was in shock that it was a gun face-to-face with me, but I knew as long as I did what he wanted, there would be no reason for him to hurt me,” the teen said.
The teen wasn’t hurt, the burglar-turned-robber got away, and now police are trying to find him.