Charlotte police arrest man for involvement in elementary school thefts

- The Charlotte - Mecklenburg Police Department arrested a man in connection to multiple break-ins at two local elementary schools. 

Officers say Taha Jamal Alasfar, 24, is charged with felony possession of stolen property, misdemeanor possession of stolen property, forgery counterfeiting merchandise and drug prescription fraud.  

The first break-in happened on February 4 at Albemarle Road Elementary School at 7800 Riding Trail Road. Police say numerous iPad's were taken from a classroom.

The second incident happened just days later on February 8 at Piney Grove Elementary School at 8801 Eaglewind Drive. Police say various electronic items were stolen. Then, the next day on February 9 Piney Grove Elementary School was broken into again. Police say five iPad's were taken. 

Police say in these three cases, detectives charged two juveniles with felony larceny. 

On February 13, police responded to an alarm at Albemarle Road Elementary School. Upon arrival, officers determined a break-in had occurred and located two people walking away from the school. 

As a result from information and evidence gathered at the scene, police charged Daquan Erwin, 17, and a 15-year-old juvenile with felony breaking and entering, conspiracy to commit felony breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering. 

Detectives from the Independence and Hickory Groce Divisions along with Charlotte - Mecklenburg School Police worked together on these cases and launched an investigation which led to them obtaining and executing a search warrant at Player's Wireless on February 17. 

During the search, detectives located an iPad that was taken from Piney Grove Elementary along with a stolen cell phone. Also, several counterfeit phone accessories, prescription contact lenses and two sweepstakes machines were seized. 

An employee of Player's Wireless, identified as Taha Alasfar, was arrested and taken to the Independence Division where he was interviewed by detectives. After the interview Alasfar was arrested and charged. 

He remains in the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office. 

Detectives say these are active and ongoing investigations. Anyone with additional information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (704) 334-1600. 


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