Police Foil Larceny Spree in South Charlotte After Furniture "Walks" Away

Andrew Tetreault

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officers stopped a larceny spree in its tracks with help from the community.

On Thursday, March 30, 2019, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department announced the arrest of two suspects who were involved in four neighborhood larcenies in the South Charlotte, North Carolina region.

Beginning in late April of 2019, furniture began to disappear from the front porches of homes in various neighborhoods in South Charlotte. Officers in the South Division began working to identify how exactly these chairs were walking off. Police said they knew that furniture was being physically taken off properties because surveillance video footage captured one of the incidents.

According to CMPD, the video showed two suspects removing furniture from a front porch of a residence. Officers began working with the community and were able to identify two suspects involved in these larcenies. Stephen Thomas, 34, and Joanna Olivieri, 50, have been charged for their involvement in four of these cases.

Thomas is currently charged with two counts of felony possession of stolen property, misdemeanor larceny, and misdemeanor possession of stolen property. Olivieri is currently charged with misdemeanor larceny and misdemeanor possession of stolen property. Investigations into numerous additional cases are active and ongoing. Investigators expect additional charges to be filed against Thomas and Olivieri.

Continued investigation resulted in officers locating a large amount of furniture. The recovered furniture has been taken to the South Division office until it can be returned to the rightful owners.

Police say the community’s assistance in these cases was a crucial step in their clearance.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department asks the community to continue notifying us of any information known about these cases or any other case. Notification can be made by calling 911; notification can also be made anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or visiting their website at .