by: Jason Stoogenke Updated:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A Charlotte security company says it's being cheated out of thousands of dollars.
Businesses, churches and neighborhoods hire Metro Special Police to patrol where guards can carry guns.
Lynn Hoosier owns Metro and said his team spent more than a year patrolling the BiLo shopping center along The Plaza.
CitiSide Station owned the strip mall. It hired a company to manage the property.
That company hired Metro to guard it.
Hoosier said Metro did its job 6 p.m. to midnight, seven days per week then CitiSide changed management companies.
It hired Michigan-based McKinley Properties.
Hoosier told Action 9 McKinley still hasn't paid Metro for three months work in 2013.
Hoosier said the bill is $13,997.31.
"It's very simple,” he said. “We paid the officers. We paid our expenses. Nobody notified us of the change. And all we want to do is get paid for the services provided."
Action 9 spoke with almost every business at the shopping center to see what kind of job Metro did while patrolling there.
Cricket said it had three break-ins before Metro started patrolling and none after that.
Cricket employee Brenda Hernandez said, "They actually helped a lot."
Now, Metro is suing CitiSide.
At last check, CitiSide hadn't been served.
As soon as CitiSide is served, it will have 30 days to respond with a legal answer.
That could be the first time it shares its side of the story.
McKinley's chief of staff said her company won't talk about pending litigation.
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