2 teens charged in several south Charlotte restaurant burglaries

A group of thieves strategically targeted, broke into, and robbed multiple restaurants during the early morning hours on Monday in south Charlotte, police said. 

Police say Lamariay Witherspoon and Douglas Mobley, both 16, are in police custody in connection to these robberies, at least 7 of which were in the Ballantyne area. Numerous charges are now pending against them, and will be released later. 

The teens smashed the windows of the restaurants and targeted the cash registers.

Police said seven commercial burglaries were reported overnight, with all occurring between 1:45 a.m. and 2:20 a.m. Monday, Nov. 27. 

In each incident, the unknown suspects broke into the unoccupied business by smashing the windows or door with a rock. The suspects would then target the register. 

CMPD said the first burglary call came from JJ's Red Hots. While officers were there, two other locations, Chef Kwos and Pizza Hut, were found to be hit in the same shopping center. 

At 2:15 a.m. Monday, an alarm went off at B. Good located on Ballantyne Village Way and the Burger 21 on the same road.

The last two break-ins occurred in another shopping center. Police said the suspects hit a Chipotle and a Kabuto Japanese Steakhouse.

Police are still working to identify two others believed to have been involved in the incidents.