MECKLENBURG CO., NC (WJZY) - The owners of a local food truck stolen back in May say they feel helpless after the suspect who was arrested is now a free man.
According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police, theft cases are among the top crimes in the county. And even though many are arrested for the crime, the harsh reality is some never face a judge.
"Justice was not served," Jill Young said.
Young is frustrated after Kelvin Marquis Jones was arrested and charged with felony larceny in connection to her stolen food truck - but then dismissed due to lack of evidence.
"The first thing that came to my mind is crooked system," Young said.
Jones is no stranger to the law. His criminal history is at least 14 pages long, with at least four theft related cases dismissed by the District Attorney dating back to 2004.
"I was like wow! And he is a free man," Young said.
Released from jail once again, even though his fingerprints were found on the side of the red food truck, near where the generator was stolen.
"All that proves is that at some point the defendant touched that vehicle and the trailer."
"No matter how you put it, I don't care what you say, there is no reason why Kelvin should have been touching our trailer," Young said.
"The Mecklenburg County District Attorney's Office doesn't track the type of cases they handle, but theft is near the top. The Assistant DA says this isn't the last time walk out of court with their case dismissed."
No case leaves the victims, like Jill Young, helpless. She and her husband are now leaving the food truck business. The $15,000 in stolen equipment, too much to recover from.
"We got a call last month for a wedding. They wanted cheese steaks at their wedding. So that does break our heart," Young said.