Commercial burglaries spike in CMPD third-quarter crime report


Commercial burglaries have gone up nearly 50% increase from last year, according to a third-quarter report by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

In the first nine months of 2022, there have been 1,641 reported commercial burglary incidents compared to 1,164 in 2021. Overall burglary has increased 22% with residential incidents rising 8% this year.

Stolen goods for sale

People are stealing box trucks to load up appliances, like stoves and washing machines, from commercial spaces, the department said.

CMPD cautioned people about purchasing appliances from websites like EBay and Facebook Marketplace that being sold at cheaper-than-usual prices. 

Be warned. You are probably dealing with something that is stolen,” Maj. Brian Foley told reporters in a news conference Wednesday.

Vape and tobacco stores, CMPD said, have been common target locations.


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