The Cornelius Police Department posted a 42-second video of someone stealing a pot of flowers off a porch and it is fast becoming one of the small town’s most popular forms of entertainment.
It was posted Tuesday on Facebook and within 18 hours had 6,700 views. That’s a quarter of the town’s population.
Investigators want tips to help identity the thief, who appears to be a nicely dressed blonde in her 30s, with a pony tail.
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In the video, she calmly exits a vehicle at the curb, walks up the well-lit sidewalk to the porch, bends over to pick up a pot of flowers, then saunters back to the vehicle.
After she’s safely in the vehicle, a passenger emerges — wearing a full-length black leg brace. She hobbles to the side of the porch, points a flash light into the camera, then hobbles back in the car’s passenger side.
It happened at 8:25 p.m. Sunday in the Alexander Chase community and the two women were in a white sedan, police said.
It’s not the first larceny case being investigated in the neighborhood, investigators said. Tipsters can call the department at 704-892-7773.
Fans of the Facebook video have vowed to help find the pair.
“Blonde with long pony tail? I hope they find the thief and her accomplice,” posted Sandy Short-Steiss of Charlotte.
“This is a small town, we will find the leg brace lady soon!” posted Kristine Kokoszka.
“I will say, it does look like she’s wearing a LuLaRoe Carly dress,” wrote Brooke Trogdon of Cornelius.