Passer-by tips off police to theft suspects

Samari Walker
Samari Walker Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

Thanks to detailed descriptions from a passer-by, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police quickly arrested two suspects in connection with the theft of metal from a construction site Wednesday in the 4500 block of Rocky River Road in the University City area.

Police charged Talvi Moore, 30, and Samari Walker, 37, with felony larceny from a construction site.

Walker also had outstanding orders for arrest on nine cocaine and marijuana charges, Mecklenburg County jail records show. He was jailed Wednesday on $55,000 bail, while Moore was jailed on $10,000 bail.

About 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, the theft victim told police he pulled into the driveway of a home he’s building and saw two men loading metal onto a trailer. The victim confronted the men and an argument ensued, police said. The men then drove off with the stolen metal.

A motorist driving by the construction site saw what was happening, followed the vehicle and called 911 with a detailed description of the vehicle, police said.

Officers soon stopped the vehicle on Interstate 85 near West Sugar Creek Road, saw the stolen metal and arrested the men.

Anyone with information about the case or the suspects is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak