Suspect in Matthews robberies arrested

The Matthews Police Department arrested a suspect in several recent residential break-ins. On Monday, March 1, a resident near Four Lakes Drive, reported seeing a person attempting to break into their neighbor’s home. Police officers arrived and were able to arrest the person.

Wynton Lewis Coleman, 22, of 106 George Clay Lane, Matthews. was arrested. Following his arrest Coleman and his mother consented to a search of their home where officers located items from four other recent residential burglaries.

Coleman has been charged with attempted breaking and entering and on a warrant charge of possession of stolen property. Additional charges are pending for these burglaries and other recent thefts in the downtown area.

“This is an example where one citizen made a difference. They saw the suspect committing the crime and were able to call the police and give good accurate information. This enabled our officers and detectives to find this individual quickly and put him behind bars,” said Matthews Chief of Police Rob Hunter.


Sidewalk construction on Wilgrove-Mint Hill Road to begin this week

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Construction of the sidewalk along Wilgrove Mint Hill Road could as early as today—weather permitting. The sidewalk will connect the Park on Wilgrove with Matthews-Mint Hill Road (Highway 51). Workers will begin on the park side and work down about halfway. Then they will begin near the CVS and work toward the park, eventually joining the sidewalk together. The funds for the sidewalk come from the stimulus dollars released by the federal government last year. The state Department of Transportation then divvied up the dollars to municipalities. The project will take about six weeks to complete.