Police: Charlotte robbery suspects responsible for Cherry Road store break in

adouglas@heraldonline.comAugust 5, 2013 

A Rock Hill woman and a Pineville man who Charlotte law enforcement authorities say are responsible for multiple robberies this week face additional charges for a break-in at the Athletic Warehouse on Cherry Road early last Sunday morning.

Jennifer Melton, 32, of Rock Hill, is in jail in Charlotte after being arrested on Wednesday on several counts of robbery charges, according to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office website.

John Adam Bowlin, 34, of Pineville, is also in jail, according to the website, facing several robbery charges, two assault and battery charges and a charge of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

Rock Hill police have issued warrants for Melton and Bowlin’s arrest, but the department is “third in line” as Charlotte authorities have custody of the two people and the York County Sheriff’s Office may have additional charges to file, said Executive Officer Mark Bollinger, Rock Hill police spokesman.

In Rock Hill, Bowlin and Melton each face charges of second-degree burglary, criminal conspiracy and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, he said.

They are accused of breaking into the Athletic Warehouse store on Cherry Road around 3:30 a.m. on last Sunday, Bollinger said.

Officers found broken glass, damaged carpet and a cash register missing when they responded to a security alarm at the business last Sunday, according to a police report.

A store employee told police $919 was taken, the report states, and the burglary racked up nearly $900 in damage to the store.

Police used video surveillance from the robbery to identify Melton and Bowlin, Bollinger said.

Video surveillance footage from the robbery will not be released at this time, he said, because it is now considered court evidence against Melton and Bowlin.

On the same Sunday night, York County Sheriff’s Office records show that deputies responded to calls of shots fired on Bens Court, a street just outside the city limits of Rock Hill.

Melton is listed on the report as living at the Bens Court home and witnesses told deputies they heard gunfire and saw Melton and a man speed away in a car, the report states.

Bowlin and a Charlotte man, 25, are listed on the report as suspects in the Bens Court incident.

The Charlotte man, Mitchell Craig Treible, was also arrested by Charlotte police on Wednesday and charged with several counts of robbery, according to the sheriff’s office website.

It is unclear whether the York County Sheriff’s Office has issued warrants for any of the three peoples’ arrest.

The Bens Court incident happened around 9 p.m., Sunday when a 33-year-old Charlotte man was injured by the gunfire, the report states.

He was treated at a Charlotte hospital and the window of his car was shot out, according to the police report.

A deputy found broken glass in the home’s driveway along with a spent shotgun shell on the ground, the report states.

Rock Hill police do not believe that Treible was involved with the Athletic Warehouse break in, Bollinger said, and he has not been charged by the Rock Hill department.

Charlotte authorities said on Wednesday that York County deputies assisted them in identifying Melton, Bowlin and Treible after two reports of robberies early Monday morning in the Charlotte area.

Anna Douglas •  803-329-4068

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