A Matthews teen hid in a closet and called 911 after someone broke into her home on Friday, helping police make a quick arrest.
Police ended up charging the suspect, 17-year-old Damien Alexander Denny, in connection with five other house break-ins as well over the past two weeks.
Most of the items stolen in the break-ins were recovered and have been returned to their owners, police said late Friday.
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On Friday, officers happened to be nearby on patrol when the teen’s call came in at 11:47 a.m. from a home on Elkins Park Drive, off Margaret Wallace Road. Officers got to the home so quickly they saw the suspect running out the back door.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police established a perimeter and called in canine and helicopter units. Police found and arrested a suspect after a brief search and took him to CMPD’s Independence Division team office. The victim’s name was not released. WSOC-TV said she is 16 years old.
Police said Denny also was charged in nearby break-ins in the 2900 block of Little Stream Court; the 9200 block of Apple Pie Court; the 3000 block of Old House Circle; the 9800 block of Ashley Farm Drive; and the 9300 block of Tibble Creek Way.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.