Prosecutor For Mecklenburg County: “Woefully Inadequate” Bond Set Following A Spate Of Vehicle Break-ins


WBTV CHARLOTTE, N.C. In a brief on Wednesday afternoon, the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office described the terms of release for the woman who is accused of breaking into nearly 200 automobiles last month as “woefully inadequate” and requested the judge to revoke her parole.

19-year-old Hannah Freeman was accused with breaking into 197 cars between November 26 and December 18 after her arrest on December 26.

When police first attempted to arrest Freeman, they said, she drove off.

under Dec. 28, Freeman was released to her mother under electric monitoring. District Court Judge Jennifer Fleet left Freeman’s initial $165,000 bond unsecured, meaning she was not obliged to pay any portion of the money before being released.

Prosecutors specifically requested in their court filing that Freeman’s bond be revoked, which would put her in jail unless the judge issued an order with different terms.

Assistant district attorney Hope Robertson filed a request to revoke the restrictions of the defendant’s pretrial release on Wednesday, stating that it is “woefully inadequate to protect the community from the threat posed by the defendant.”

Earlier this week, a grand jury indicted Freeman on a number of offenses; in all, 249 counts of felony larceny, financial card theft, and breaking and entering a motor vehicle are brought against her.

Hundreds of people in the south Charlotte neighborhoods of Dilworth and South Park were surprised by the spate of break-ins.

According to court documents, Freeman is suspected of taking many credit cards and other valuables from the cars she is accused of breaking into, in addition to stealing several of the cars herself.

One victim reported Christmas items were stolen from the car, according to the filing.

On December 19, a young person who was allegedly observed with Freeman during the break-ins on security film handed himself in, according to court documents. According to North Carolina law, the juvenile’s identity must be kept private.

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