Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have charged a man in connection with several larcenies of car parts at a Charlotte airport employee parking lot.
Jawarski Demarian Williams-Bell, 20, was charged with three counts of felony larceny and damage to property at Charlotte Douglas International, police said Friday. He worked for a cleaning service that contracts with the airlines, police said.
In the first case, police responded to a larceny call on March 14 at the employee lot on Old Dowd Road, where the vehicle was damaged, and rims and other parts were stolen.
Last Saturday, a woman returning to that parking lot found two tires and wheels missing from her car after someone had apparently jacked up the vehicle to take the wheels then left the auto propped on a rock. The vehicle had been parked there for several days.
The last theft was reported on Tuesday, where another woman reported finding two tires and wheels missing from her car.
A flight attendant for Delta Airlines, Jennifer Ivenco, told the Observer this week that her 2012 Honda Fit was one of the vehicles that had the tires stolen. She said the Honda’s tires are smaller than those on other cars, and are more expensive because they are specialized.
Such tires can be popular with thieves, news reports in other cities suggest.
Two of the vehicles targeted at the Charlotte airport were Honda Fits, and the third was a Ford Mustang, police said.
At the time of the thefts, the airport released a statement saying it had enhanced security and recently started a Crime Stoppers program in cooperation with CMPD.
In a statement Friday, the airport said, “The airport takes security very seriously and has been working closely with CMPD during this investigation. We continue to review security and have implemented additional measures.”
CMPD asked that anyone with information about the case or the suspect call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.