Police are warning people in the Charlotte area to be on the lookout for a group of criminals they say have “no regard for human life.” Wearing masks and gloves, they've killed one person and shot two others during a string of robberies that started in August.
Authorities in York and Mecklenburg know little about the robbers, who often hold victims at gunpoint, then get away in minivans stolen from the Steele Creek area, said David Graham, one of Charlotte-Mecklenburg's deputy police chiefs. Officers usually find the stolen vehicles ditched near the crime scenes.
Police say four robberies appear to be related and have escalated in violence since they began Aug. 3. On Wednesday, a 47-year-old Pineville man was shot to death during the most recent robbery. And police say they're still trying to determine if this group is responsible for other crimes.
“These guys are extremely dangerous,” Graham said.
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Police encourage anyone who sees the suspects or something suspicious to call 911. They encourage store owners – especially ones in southwest Charlotte or northern York county – to watch out for groups of men in minivans.