Neighbors on edge after series of thefts

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Some neighbors in Southeast Memphis have a warning for criminals; stay off their property or you might get hurt.

They're willing to do whatever it takes to protect their families after at least a dozen cars were broken into.

The majority of the thefts happened in a two-day period.

In Cherokee Heights, people weren't just doing yard work this weekend, they were bagging-up glass and coughing-up cash.

“It cost me approximately $170 dollars to replace that window,” said Michael Joiner.

“$264,” said Leketa Nelson.

“The window was $200 and there is some other damage that is going to cost another $200,” said Marvin Bullard.

Bullard says he hasn't slept since someone broke into his car, wondering if the next time the criminal will come into his house, “I am a gun owner and I am here to defend my family.

In a six-day period, someone has broken into at least 12 cars in this neighborhood off Lamar.

Eight cars were broken into alone at an apartment complex on Sharpe Ave.

“That’s unbelievable,” said Bullard. “They have to catch that individual because if he is bold enough to come onto your property just to go into your car, he will go into your house if its available to him.”

“I want them caught,” said Nelson.

“It is very frustrating,” said Joiner.

Police officers came out to Crider Street and dusted Bullard’s car for fingerprints.

Bullard said officers on the scene told him more than 20 cars have been broken into in Cherokee Heights in the last few weeks.

“They didn't take nothing,” said Nelson. “They just tore up my car. Police said its some young guys around here.”

“Whoever is doing it, if you happen to be watching News Channel 3, just stop. Get your life together,” said Bullard.

Bullard said he is scared what would happen, if the criminal came back, “I am grateful that I was asleep and I didn't see him.”

Neighbors say they are going to band together to keep an eye on the neighborhood and some are even installing security cameras.

If you know anything about these crimes, call CrimeStoppers for a cash reward at 528-CASH.


    • bambam84

      I think the REAL bright side to this story is, no nameless people asking for “more police presence.” It gets a little old.

  • Hard Truths

    Heavily Guatemalan apartment complex off South Prescott — where Memphis gangs love to play.

  • ChrisJrisaTallyWhacker

    Crime is only down in the Mayors eyes. Chris W quit being an idiot. Why does your family love killing each other and why do they want to blame the white man? If it wasn’t for the white man you would be in Africa barefooted.

    • Chris Williams Junior

      America wouldn’t be anything without the black man. Black folks invented everything….DUMMY!

  • Jim

    If you live near Lamar Avenue, You should expect your car to be broken into. Stop whining and move your family out of Memphis. That’s what I did. When your house or car gets broken into again, remember, I warned you to move. I moved from the cesspool of HIckory Hill because of crime, you can too. Sell your home at a loss but for their safety, move your family move out as soon as possible. Your neighborhood is dangerous and You already know that.

  • mike

    The people in this neighborhood should put out a bait car and take care of this problem themselves. The cops could care less what happens there.

    • mike

      South Memphis, Frayser, Westwood, remember the mall of memphis? Alcie heights,Raleigh, And coming to Southaven and Horn lake

      • chriswilliamsjuniorwearsrhumbapantiesunderhismomjeans

        What is wrong with you??? What do you have against diversity???

  • ChrisJrisaTallyWhacker

    Mike you are so right. Wow those were some great neighborhoods until they were destroyed. Amazing how you can tell blacks have moved to an area because of trash and being run down.

    • donaknowsitall

      I know right. I live in a small subdivision, maybe 100 to 150 homes. I walk this subdivision every evening, and have for the last 10 years or so.. I noticed in the last couple of years a black family mpved into a home not far from mine and since then that home has garbage cans overflowing, cars parked in the grass in the front years, toys left outside in the front yard, the gate to the fence is hanging on its hinges and falling apart. All the other homes around this one are white families. The blight follows black familes every they go. It’s disgusting!!!

  • chriswilliamsjuniorwearsrhumbapantiesunderhismomjeans

    No doubt, … this is the work of Collierville white kids.

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