On Thursday, October 4, 2012, a resident in the Jetton Cove neighborhood of Cornelius entered her garage and discovered an unknown man standing there. She confronted the man and he left the garage. The resident contacted the Cornelius Police Department when she noticed her purse and cell phone were missing. While enroute to the call, the Cornelius Police received other calls from residents in the area to report car break-ins.
Cornelius Police Officers, with the assistance of the Mooresville Police Department K-9 unit and Officers from Huntersville and Davidson Police Departments, set up a perimeter in the area to search for the suspect. The search was unsuccessful.
On Friday, October 5, the Cornelius Police Department received more calls for car break-ins in the Jetton Cove/Silver Quay area of Cornelius. A cell phone was recovered on Silver Quay that belonged to the first victim. Another resident on Southport Drive contacted the Cornelius Police in reference to a stolen vehicle. As Officers were responding to the stolen vehicle call on Southport, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) responded to a vehicle crash on Perkins Drive in North Charlotte. The vehicle that crashed was the one stolen from Southport and the suspect was detained by CMPD. Cornelius Officers arrested the suspect, John Eric Stamey (07/28/1985) and had the stolen vehicle towed to the Cornelius Police Headquarters. While searching the vehicle, Cornelius Detectives discovered property that belonged to the first victim.
John Eric Stamey has been charged with 17 Counts of Felony:
- 9 counts of Breaking and Entering Motor Vehicle
- 4 counts of Larceny from Motor Vehicle
- 2 counts of 1st Degree Burglary
- 1 count of Larceny of Motor Vehicle
- 1 count of Possession of Stolen Vehicle
Stamey has been transported to the Mecklenburg County Jail. Anyone with information is asked to contact Cornelius Police Detectives at (704)892-7773 or North Mecklenburg Crime Stoppers at (704)896-STOP (7867).