Five Waxhaw-area teens have been charged in connection with a number of vehicle and residential break-ins and vehicle thefts, according to the Union County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff Eddie Cathey said the five suspects were involved in “multiple property crimes,” mostly in the Hunter Oaks subdivision. The suspects included a pair of brothers.
Cathey said cash, electronic devices, firearms and three vehicles were reported stolen. He said some of the stolen vehicles were damaged or destroyed, and he estimated that the suspects were involved in stealing or damaging more than $75,000 worth of property.
The alleged criminal activity took place between June and August, investigators said.
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Charged in the case were:
Niocholas Castaldi – breaking and entering a motor vehicle; larceny of a motor vehicle; breaking and entering; larceny after breaking and entering.
Joshua King – six counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle; three counts of misdemeanor larceny; two counts of larceny of a firearm; breaking and entering; larceny after breaking and entering; and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
Justin King – two counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle; two counts of larceny of a motor vehicle; reckless driving.
Austin Meeks – first-degree burglary; breaking and entering a motor vehicle; larceny of a motor vehicle; injury to personal property.
Charles Tunstall – possession of a stolen motor vehicle.