• Woman accused of stealing gun, ammo from CMPD unmarked car, police say

    By: Mark Becker


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Police in Huntersville charged a teenager with possession of a stolen gun -- a gun that belongs to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Jeff Estes, who reported that someone broke into his unmarked police car on April 17 at his home in Cabarrus County.

    Estes listed his handgun, ammunition and bulletproof vest among the items taken.

    Police in Huntersville said they found Tianis Nieves-Tineo, 17, on April 26 with marijuana and Estes stolen gun.

    They arrested a second person Torie Flock, 22, on drug charges but did not charge him in connection with Estes’ stolen gun.

    On Thursday Nieves-Tineo’s father told Eyewitness News he had no clue how his daughter got the gun, but that she has left their home and been staying elsewhere.

    Estes declined an interview on the case but in a statement, CMPD said they are conducting an internal investigation, which is standard procedure whenever an officer’s gun is stolen.

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