Serial Numbers Lead To Arrest Of Residential B&E Suspect

Metro Division Officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department have arrested Shadarius Thompson, DOB: 09/08/1990. On May 23, 2011, at approximately 6:15 p.m. officers responded to a residential breaking and entering call at a home in the 900 block of State Street.

The victim advised officers that he returned home to find his front door kicked in and several items stolen from his home which included electronic equipment and jewelry. The victim was also able to provide officers the serial numbers of the items taken during the crime. Officers entered the serial numbers of the property into the system and received notification through Pawn Tracker that the suspect had sold the items including; a flat screen television and jewelry to a local pawn shop the week of the reported breaking and entering incident.

Officers immediately put a hold on the property which prohibited the pawn shop from selling the items. The victim traveled to the pawn shop and positively identified the items as those belonging to him. A warrant was issued for the arrest of Shadarius Thompson. He was apprehended on June 28, 2011, without incident and has been charged with Breaking and Entering with Force and Felony larceny.

The serial numbers that the victim recorded and saved proved to be a critical element in him recovering his property. It also allowed officers the ability to apprehend this thief before he victimized any additional members of our community. The CMPD continues to strongly urge citizens to record and save all serial and model numbers from electronic equipment and other expensive items. This information is invaluable in tracking the property in the event it’s ever stolen. Anyone with additional information concerning this case may forward anonymous tips to the Crime Stoppers tip line at 704-334-1600 or


Shadarius Thompson