Former officer accused of stealing from 5 Harris Teeters; faces 49 charges

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A former Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer already facing shoplifting charges is now facing more than 40 additional larceny charges.

Samuel Yaravitz was initially accused of shoplifting from the Harris Teeter on Morrison Boulevard in SouthPark between Feb. 13 and May 9.

We first updated WSOCTV news app users with a notification just before 11:45 a.m. Wednesday to alert them of the new charges the officer faces.

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In May, Yaravitz was charged with seven counts of larceny.

On Wednesday, CMPD charged Yaravitz in 42 additional shoplifting cases at five different Harris Teeter locations across the city.

The five Harris Teeter locations are at the following addresses:

  • 1015 Providence Road
  • 1217 East Boulevard
  • 112 South Sharon Amity Road
  • 6701 Morrison Boulevard
  • 7036 Brighton Park Drive

Detectives presented all of the cases to the magistrate’s office and issued 42 criminal summons for misdemeanor larceny. In total, Yaravitz is charged with 49 cases of misdemeanor larceny.

Police said Yaravitz used a marked cruiser during some of the crimes but have not said exactly what was stolen.

“We are charged with upholding and enforcing the law and will continue to hold ourselves accountable when we violate it,” said CMPD Chief Kerr Putney. “I am disappointed that a member of our department has fallen short of our organization’s high standards.”

Yaravitz, who had been a CMPD officer since June 1999, resigned on May 14.

This is an ongoing investigation and additional charges may be forthcoming.

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