Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say the recent arrest of a man on burglary charges shows the importance of neighbors contacting police when they see something unusual taking place.
Investigators say Steven Jeffrey McCree, 48, was taken into custody early last Thursday inside a home in the 300 block of Skyland Avenue in southeast Charlotte.
Police say they were called to the area about 12:45 a.m., when a neighbor said he saw a man pulling on the screen of a rear window at a neighbor’s home. When officers arrive, they found a shattered window at the rear of the home, and they said a cinder block had been placed under the window, so someone could climb into the residence.
Officers also said they saw someone walking inside the home.
Police called the homeowner, who was not there at the time, and he came to the residence. The homeowner opened the front door, and officers said they found a man, later identified as McCree, hiding behind a couch.
McCree was charged with breaking and entering, larceny, possession of drug paraphernalia, and resisting a public officer.
Court records show McCree has been arrested 15 times in the last 2 1/2 years, mostly for misdemeanors involving alcohol, drugs and panhandling.