This is a sports notebook only because the letter writer is Tod Morgan, the affable and hard-working athletic director and young men’s basketball coach at Chapel Hill High School.
It’s a cry out for help to find two creeps who stole Courtney Morgan’s wallet from her hand bag as she refilled her soft drink and attended to their 9-month old baby girl at a Southpoint Mall restaurant while out with several of her associates from the Carrboro-Chapel Hill School System.
It is also meant to put a little pressure on the store that will not release the security camera photos of the alleged criminals, a man and woman, who shortly after the theft charged thousands of dollars of merchandise to the Morgans’ credit cards. The poor-quality pictures one of the stores did release are below.
Crimes like this are always an outrage but receive little publicity because (thankfully) no one was assaulted or physically injured. But it hurts, nevertheless, when a visible member of the community is so wronged. Morgan is the best-possible advocate for all sports at CHHS, sending out daily emails about how all of the Tigers’ athletic teams are doing and following the progress of their athletes after they leave school.
The same day he sent out this letter, Morgan also emailed out congratulations to two of his former basketball players for making the varsity squad at UNC, one of them the son of assistant coach Steve Robinson.
I don’t know what any of us can do to help Tod and Courtney find these creeps, but if we can we should do something to keep these two criminals from robbing someone else.
I write to seek your help and to share information to help you protect yourself and your family from a similar fate.
On this past Saturday, October 20th, 2012 at between 10:30 -11:00 AM, my wife’s wallet was stolen from out of her purse, while she was strolling our 9 month old baby girl at Panera Bread Restaurant in the South Point Mall. My wife was there to join four (4) of her co-workers (Elementary School Teachers at Seawell Elementary School in the Chapel Hill -Carrboro City Schools System) for brunch/lunch.
Apparently, as she stopped to fill up her drink cup at the drink stand in Panera Bread Restaurant, while trying to also make sure our baby was okay in the stroller, these two (2) ” thieves” (there are several other “choice words” I could use to describe them!”) stole my wife’s wallet from her bag. Unbelievable that they would prey on an innocent mother and school teacher and steal from her with her baby right there within arms distance. Makes my blood boil to write this! Trust me, if I could find them, it would be bad for their safety and for my salvation, so I pray that the Durham Police Department find them and bring them to justice.
In a period of time from approximately 11:40 AM to 1:10 PM, these two thieves used my wife’s SECU Credit/ Debit Card, and other Credit Cards (Discover and Capital One) to spend over $4000.00 at Target, Apple Store, and Best Buy. Buying IPADS, Gift Cards, etc.
The photos below came from the Best Buy surveillance Cameras, and we have also been able to confirm that these are the same people who appear on the surveillance cameras at Target, but Target was not willing or able to turn over the photos to us, as the criminals have their rights (what a world we live in). In fact the folks at Target said their photos were much clearer than the ones from the Best Buy cameras, but they are not allowed to give them to us.
I write to you to seek your help. If you know anyone at the Durham Police Department or an area news agency who could help us get these photos out in the public eye. The general public need to be aware of these thieves, so they don’t get away with this or do it to someone else.
Thank you for your help!