Confidential Documents Stolen From Air Marshal's Car

CHARLOTTE. N.C. (WCNC) – A Federal Air Marshal says confidential documents were taken when his car was broken into in Steele Creek.

It happened while getting something to eat at a restaurant Thursday night.

The Air Marshal, who is not being named because he works undercover, says the documents related to a recent trip to London.

According to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police report on the incident, two clips, each loaded with two rounds, were also taken along with a government and personal passport, a set of handcuffs, a baton, a laptop and several other items.

The break-in happened in the parking lot of the TGI Fridays restaurant on Route 49.

An employee of the restaurant said in the five years she has worked there, this was only the second incident of its kind.

CMPD says the number of car break-ins in the Steele Creek area is actually down more than 5 percent from a year ago.

Matthew Haggee and his family were leaving the restaurant after having lunch on Friday.

He said his wife learned a similar lesson when her car was broken into and a computer was taken from the backseat.

"Lesson learned. We don't leave anything in sight at all. Ever," Haggee said.

Police say there is an easy way to keep your valuables safe. Don't leave them in the car and certainly not where they can be seen by anyone walking by.

The Air Marshals are part of the Transportation Security Agency. A spokesperson would only say the agency is aware of the incident and is cooperating with police in their investigation.


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