(Memphis) Shattered glass still marks the spot where a truck was broken into Friday night in the parking lot of Sekisui Pacific Rim on Poplar near Perkins.
This wasn’t your average car break-in.
The 2004 Chevy Avalanche broken into belonged to an off-duty Memphis Police officer and had his police gear, including his department issued weapon and another gun, inside.
“I guess it’s Memphis. There are break-ins all the time. You have to be on your watch,” says Ryan McClain, a Sekisui customer.
The officer and a female came out of Sekisui around 10pm Friday and saw the shattered glass. That wasn’t all. The crooks were still in the parking lot, loading the stolen items into their car.
The female says the thieves actually almost ran over her as she tried to get the license plate number.
She had to jump out of the way to avoid getting hit.
The thieves circled the building and headed west on Poplar.
With them was the officer’s gun belt, uniform and badge, an MPD issued 40 caliber handgun, two loaded magazines, handcuffs, an MPD radio, another Ruger 9mm handgun, and a loaded 40-caliber Smith and Wesson magazine.
Police think the same thieves may have broken into another car nearby in the parking lot of Old Venice Pizza Company on Perkins Extended.
Sekisui says they haven’t had a problem with car break-ins before.
Neighboring businesses admit the parking lot gets packed on weekend nights.
“I usually try to park my car where I can see it. I definitely keep an eye out especially when we stay later at night,” says Jennifer Gammon, who is a manager at the American Tuxedo Company next door to Sekisui.
Update: The Memphis Police Department says the officer’s uniform and badge were found in a trash can at a gas station on Summer Avenue. The other items, including the guns, are still missing.
The suspects were in a 2002 to 2008 Nissan Maxima with a partial Tennessee Tag of 644.
If you have information that can help police, call 528-CASH.