Updated:CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
Three men are facing charges after they were hiding out for weeks watching customers come out of a check cashing store, before following them home to rob them, according to Charlotte Mecklenburg police.
The investigation started April 2 when officers responded to the 5400 block of Albemarle Road in reference to an armed robbery.
The victims reported that a suspect demanded money at gunpoint and took a phone and money.
Police responded to calls similar to the one on Albemarle Road over the course of three weeks, going to six homes in all.
Investigators said they later learned Etavious Davis, JaPaul Mobley and his cousin DeShawn Mobley had developed a scheme to take advantage of customers.
They said as people were leaving the store with cash in hand, walking to their cars, the three men were standing by watching and waiting for those people to leave for home and then they followed them.
They robbed the victims at gunpoint stealing cash, purses and cellphones, according to police.
Police devised a plan to catch them by putting officers in unmarked cars around the store.
On Saturday, an off-duty officer spotted a suspicious car and alerted officers. After a traffic stop, the three were arrested.
Police said this investigation is ongoing and more charges could be on the way.
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