1 in custody, 1 sought in string of vehicle break-ins in Charlotte

One person is in custody and another is being sought in connection to a rash of vehicle break-ins that began back in March in Charlotte, police said. 

Kenneth Meaders, 35, has been arrested and police are still searching for Dalton Hopkins, 18. 

The vehicle break-ins began on March 25, 2018. In most cases the two suspects would look into the victim's vehicle through the windows to spot any valuable items. If they saw anything, they would smash the window of the victim's vehicle and steal property inside, police said. 

The reported break-ins are as follows: 

  • March 25, 2018 6200 block of Thermal Road, window smashed and property taken 
  • March 25, 2018 100 block of Old Bell Road, window smashed and vehicle searched 
  • March 26, 2018 7300 block of Sardis Road, window smashed and vehicle searched 
  • March 28, 2018 300 block of Boyce Road, window smashed and property taken
  • March 28, 2018 7400 block of Thermal Road, window smashed and property taken. Another vehicle was entered via an unlocked door and property was taken 
  • March 29, 2018 6200 block Thermal Road, vehicle was entered via unlocked door and property was taken 
  • March 30, 2018 8700 block of Lawyers Road, window smashed and property taken 
  • April 2, 2018 100 block of Old Bell Road, window smashed and property taken 
  • April 5, 2018 100 block of Old Bell Road, two vehicles' windows smashed and property taken from both vehicles 
  • April 6, 2018 6200 block of Thermal Road, window smashed and property taken 
  • April 8, 2018 100 block of Old Bell Road, five vehicles targeted, all five vehicles' windows smashed and property taken from four vehicles

On April 5, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police attempted to stop a vehicle that had matched the suspect vehicle description given in earlier theft cases, but the vehicle failed to stop and fled. Police did not pursue this vehicle but were able to positively identify the driver at that time. 

Days later on April 9, police saw that same vehicle near the 100 block of Old Bell Road. Police attempted to pull this vehicle over but the vehicle fled at a high rate of speed. Once again, police did not pursue the vehicle but were able to positively identify the passenger as Dalton Hopkins. 

On April 11, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police conducted surveillance in an attempt to locate Hopkins for outstanding warrants in connection to the break-ins. Through this surveillance, the TRAP unit was able to identify Kenneth Meaders as the driver and second suspect. 

One day later on April 12, detectives conducted surveillance at a location where both Hopkins and Meaders were known to hang out. Meaders was found at this location and arrested on traffic related warrants.

A total of 43 warrants were obtained for Meaders and Hopkins for their involvement in the break-ins. In addition to the reported 11 cases, Meaders was also found to be in possession of stolen property. 

Meaders is charged with 17 counts of breaking and entering, 11 counts of misdemeanor larceny, and two counts of felony larceny. Hopkins has outstanding warrants for seven counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle, five counts of misdemeanor larceny, and one count of felony larceny. 

Anyone with further information on this case or the whereabouts of Hopkins is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (704) 334-1600.