Numerous reports on social media that there is a man driving around Myers Park stealing dogs from their yards appear to be false.
Widely circulated Facebook posts claim that a man in a white BMW had stolen dogs Wednesday or Thursday in the neighborhood.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department says that there have been no recent cases involving theft of a canine in Myers Park or in the apartments formerly known as Sun Valley. Both areas were cited as the location of the thefts in the social media posts. Further, there have been no reports in these areas involving a BMW.
So where did the rumors come from? Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say there was a report of a stolen dog in the Chantilly neighborhood last week, but it turned out to be all a miscommunication and there was no theft.
The theory is that Facebook users ran with it from there. When I reached out to them to check on this, both the police and Myers Park residents were well aware of the claims.
Cover photo by Tara Lilly