Police have arrested a house cleaner and her boyfriend on charges related to the theft of $10,000 worth of jewelry from a St. Alban’s neighborhood home in May and similar incidents in Mooresville. Police also responded to a hit and run wreck on NC 73 and other traffic incidents. Read on for details and a summary of this week’s traffic enforcement.
POLICE MAKE ARREST IN CLEANING SERVICE THEFTS
A cleaning woman and her boyfriend have been arrested on charges related to the theft of $10,000 worth of jewelry from a home in the St. Alban’s neighborhood in May and other thefts in Mooresville. And police say they’re investigating thefts from other homes where the woman worked to see if there’s a connection.
The arrest came after a 70-year-old resident reported May 31 that $10,000 worth of jewelry had been stolen in mid-May from her home on Fairview Lane, in the St. Alban’s neighborhood in mid-May. The items included a gold wedding ring with a diamond stone, an opal ring, an aquamarine ring, a gold bracelet, and a diamond studded bracelet with gold links.
On June 5, police interviewed and then arrested Chriszetta Patterson Smith, 45, of Watson Street, a cleaner with K2 Custom Home Cleaning. She was charged with felony larceny. She was released on $3,000 bond and is due in Mecklenburg County Superior Court on Thursday (June 26).
On June 13, with the help of Mooresville police, Smith was arrested along with her boyfriend, 47-year-old Gercobe Lowery of Westside Terrace in Davidson, on additional charges related to thefts in Mooresville.
Both were charged with conspiracy to obtain property by false pretenses, also a felony. Lowery also was charged with possession of stolen property and obtaining property by false pretenses. He was released from Mecklenburg County Jail on $30,000 bond. He has a July 8 court date.
Davidson Police Detective Vernon Siders said Smith initially told police she had gotten jewelry from a Goodwill thrift store and given it to her boyfriend, so he could sell it. Police had photos of some of the pieces and searched local pawn shops, where they found several.
“She eventually told me she used a vacuum cleaner to remove jewelry from the home,” Siders said. She would vacuum up the pieces and give the vacuum cleaner to Lowery, who would empty it and sell the jewelry.
He said Smith recently had been making plans to set up her own housecleaning business, “Chris’s Cleaning,” focusing on upscale neighborhoods including the Peninsula in Cornelius. She recently had been handing out her card with small bags of candy in the parking lot of the Harris Teeter at Jetton Village. Her card claims she is “bonded and insured,” but Siders said that’s not the case.
Siders said police are continuing their investigation and seeking help from anyone with information about the case, or with similar reports of items that may have been taken during a house cleaning.
“As of now, it’s an ongoing investigation. There may have been other cases,” Siders said.
Anyone with information may call Detective Siders at 704-940-9635.
TOWN OF DAVIDSON INCIDENT REPORTS
Below is a summary of Davidson Police Department incident reports from June 16 – 22
TUESDAY, JUNE 17, 11:03am, 700 block of Griffith St. – A 2006 Mercedes driven by a 62-year-old Cornelius man was parked in a public parking lot on the 700 block of Griffith street, and a 2011 Honda driven by a 36-year-old Charlotte woman was pulling in to the lot from Davidson-Gateway Drive. Because another vehicle was stopped in front of the Honda, it was stopped in the lane of travel while it waited for the other vehicle to enter the lower parking deck. The Mercedes began backing out of the parking place and hit the rear bumper of the Honda, causing $800 worth of damage. The Mercedes was undamaged.
TUESDAY, JUNE 17, 9:45pm, Davidson-Concord Rd. between Barnhardt Rd. and Robert Walker Dr. – A 34-year-old Mooresville woman went to the Davidson Police Department to report an accident involving her vehicle, a 2006 Toyota, a 2010 Nissan, and a deer. The Mooresville resident informed police that both vehicles were traveling North on Davidson-Concord Road when she had to stop abruptly to avoid hitting a deer. At that time the Nissan, driven by a 26-year-old Washington woman, rear-ended her vehicle, causing $500 worth of damage to both cars. At the time of the incident, both drivers exchanged information with each other. No one was seriously injured in the incident.
THURSDAY, JUNE 19, 6:30pm, South Main Street between Concord Road and Chairman Blake Lane – An officer’s investigation revealed that a 2011 Hyundai driven by a 28-year-old Wilmington man and a 2013 Hyundai driven by a 19-year-old Huntersville woman were traveling North on NC 115 in heavy traffic when the 2013 Hyundai stopped for pedestrians crossing the street. At that time, the Wilmington man tried to pass the other vehicle and collided with it, causing minor damage to both cars. His vehicle sustained $500 worth of damage, and the Huntersville woman’s vehicle took on $400. No one was seriously injured in the incident.
THURSDAY, JUNE 19, 1:06pm, NC 73 between McAuley Rd. and Summers Walk Blvd. – A 32-year-old Concord woman driving a 2014 Dodge was traveling west on NC 73 while a 2008 Nissan driven by a 44-year-old Davidson man was traveling east on the same road. The Concord woman failed to maintain control of her vehicle and crossed the double yellow line into the east bound lanes, causing the Davidson man to swerve to the right side of the road to avoid a head on collision with her vehicle. Her Dodge then sideswiped his car, the 2008 Nissan, before he immediately pulled off to the side of the road. The Concord woman continued west bound on NC-73, failing to stop. She contacted the police a few minutes after the wreck to report that she was hit by a white SUV on NC 73 and that the vehicle failed to stop, but identified a location 4 miles away from the initial collision. Officers issued her a citation for failing to maintain lane control and another citation for failing to remain at the scene of an accident. Both vehicles sustained $3500 worth of damage. Medic Rescue 1 responded to the scene, but the patient refused treatment.
SATURDAY, JUNE 21, 10:30am, 200 block Twain Avenue – Davidson Police were dispatched to the 200 block of Twain Avenue in reference to a larceny. Upon arrival, the officer met with the homeowner and victim who reported that 11 pieces of sterling silverware, two candlesticks, and three pieces of jewelry had been taken from his home. The missing items were valued at $2,652. The case is being treated as felony larceny and remains open pending further investigation.
TOWN OF DAVIDSON ARRESTS, CITATIONS, AND TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT: June 16 – 22
- CONCORD ROAD – 2 citations for expired registration and inspection
- DAVIDSON-CONCORD ROAD – 1 citation for no insurance
- DAVIDSON GATEWAY DRIVE – 1 arrest for driving with license revoked
- DEPOT STREET – 1 citation for expired registration
- E ROCKY RIVER ROAD – 2 citations for speeding
- GRIFFITH STREET – 1 citation for failing to yield in the traffic circle, 1 citation for expired registration and inspection, 2 citations for driving with license revoked, 2 citations for expired registration, 2 citations for speeding
- JACKSON STREET – 2 citations for failing to stop at a stop sign
- JETTON STREET –2 citations for expired registration and inspection, 1 citation for expired registration, 1 citation for no insurance, 1 citation for failing to stop at a stop sign
- N MAIN STREET – 1 citation for expired registration
- PINE ROAD – 1 citation for failing to stop at a stop sign
- POTTS STREET – 1 citation for expired registration
- SUMMERS WALK BOULEVARD – 1 citation for hit and run
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