CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - Several police departments are on high alert after several businesses were broken into and the cash registers targeted.
"Once I got inside I saw the plywood and I said ‘Oh someone tried to break in here or something.’ Then when I came back out I saw three or four other places that had the same break in attempts," customer Errol Hurt said.
Friday night, a Jimmy Johns in Rock Jill and Fort Mill were broken into. Sunday morning in Fort Mill, a Subway, Carmella’s, and Golden China were broken into.
Between 1:45 a.m. and 2:20 a.m. Monday, five burglaries and two attempted burglaries took place in south Charlotte. Then, police in Huntersville were called to investigate six more break-ins.
"It looked like they just pulled a van backwards and had the doors open. People ran up smashed the windows to see if they can get anything. I don't think it was anything but convenience,” CMPD Captain Todd Lontz explained.
CMPD said surveillance video from a business led to the suspects being found.
"Off a description we were able to obtain from some surveillance video at one of the businesses Huntersville police department was able to attempt to stop a car which fled from them and crashed,” Captain Lontz said.
Huntersville police said they found evidence of the break-ins in the cars and they found the suspects after 911 calls came in reporting two young men knocking on doors asking for a ride to Charlotte.
"I mean for the amount of effort and the trouble that they've caused in these businesses and the people that work there's lives is pointless,” he said.
Patrick Ghant, the manager of Pinky's agrees.
"They didn't steal anything but that's like tons of repairs that killed our business for the day to be honest. I've got people trying to pay bills, we barely got any customers today because people thought we were closed until we painted on the door,” he said.