Suspect Charged In Connection To Several Charlotte Area Armed Robberies

UPDATE: Police say Ronteeni Belk is also facing charges of robbing a bank on Sharon Road at gunpoint.  Investigators say Belk robbed the Aquesta Bank in February.  He is now facing an additional charge of robbery with a dangerous weapon and four counts of 2nd degree kidnapping.

UPDATE: Police have arrested and charged Ronteeni Belk, 39, for his involvement in several armed robberies around the Charlotte area.

According to CMPD, Belk was arrested after allegedly robbing the Cash America Pawn on N. Tryon Street just after 9am Monday. Police say Belk robbed the store at gunpoint, and fired one shot into the floor.

Officers spotted Belk’s car a short time later, and were led on a brief pursuit when he refused to pull over. According to reports, Belk then attempted to run on foot after crashing the car on N. Graham Street, but was quickly apprehended.

Officers say they found a handgun and property stolen from the Cash America at the scene.

Belk was charged with three counts of Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Operate a Motor Vehicle while Fleeing Law Enforcement, Resisting Arrest, and Possession of Marijuana.

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[Original post on February 6, 2017]

CHARLOTTE, NC — CMPD needs help identifying the man they say is responsible for several armed robberies across the Charlotte area.

Officials say the first attempted robbery happened just before 8:30am on February 1st when the suspect approached an employee walking towards the First Legacy Bank on Beatties Ford Road. The suspect tried to get the employee to let him in, but deputies say he took off before getting anything.

About 30 minutes later, investigators say the same suspect entered the Cash America Pawn on Albemarle Road and robbed the store at gunpoint. The suspect then took off with the property.

The suspect is described as a black male in his 30’s, about 6’1″, medium build, a distinct scar on the right side of his face, and wearing a black hooded jacket and black pants.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 704- 334-1600.