On Thursday, October 17th, Dave Rochester presented the Crime Stopper of the Year Award to Matthew Brown at the 2019 Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce Public Safety Luncheon. The luncheon, held at Northstone Country Club, was attended by close to 100 business and community leaders. Assisting Rochester was Chamber President & CEO Bill Russell. Rochester was accompanied by several members of the North Mecklenburg Crime Stoppers which included Bill Walsh, Arlene Arcerio, Huntersville Commissioner Dan Boone, and Brian Sisson (not pictured).
Rochester recounted Brown's actions to the business leaders:
" On March 17 at 9:09 PM an unknown suspect with concealed identity entered a convenience store in Mooresville while armed with a handgun and robbed the business of U.S. Currency.
A short time later, at 9:40 that night, an Armed suspect with I.D. concealed, entered and robbed a convenience store in Cornelius of U.S. Currency. The armed suspect was seen leaving the vicinity in a red Chevrolet passenger car.
Still later that night, at 11:25 PM, a convenience store in Huntersville reported an attempted armed robbery by an unknown suspect with a handgun. The Clerk refused to turn-over any money to the suspect and the suspect fled the business. As the suspect exited the business on foot, he fired a gun shot into the air.
Even later that night, a convenience store in Troutman was also robbed of U.S. currency by an unknown suspect while armed with a handgun. The unknown suspect in all four robberies that night was wearing the same concealment clothing. This string of Robberies was featured on TV in our area with Police & CrimeStoppers.
Several days after the armed robberies, a convenience store employee in a different store in Troutman, Mr. Mathew Brown, overheard two customers discussing how one of their cars was used in the recent 4 armed robberies on TV.
Mr. Brown remembered the news items and carefully observed his customers. When one of them entered a Red Chevrolet Cruze, Mr. Brown was able to capture the licence plate number and call Law Enforcement.
With this information, Police were able to draft and execute a search warrant on a residence in Troutman, where several items of clothing seen on the suspect in all 4 store video recordings were seized. The handgun was also identified.
The owner of the Red Chevy Cruze was interviewed and charged with all four armed Robberies in Mooresville, Cornelius, Huntersville and Troutman.
The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce congratulations Mr. Mathew Brown, the 2019 North Mecklenburg Crime stopper of the Year.