Officers warned about ‘heavily armed’ robbers

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Memphis Police Department warned its officers about ‘heavily armed’ suspects believed to be responsible for two robberies.

On June 28, the Motel 6 at 1586 Sycamore View was robbed.

Two days later, police say the same suspects robbed the BP gas station at 8941 Highway 64.

During the latter, the first suspect wore black clothing and a Scream mask. The suspect was armed with a “police-style shotgun with an extended magazine.”

The second suspect then entered, wearing a black long-sleeve t-shirt, khaki shorts and an orange t-shirt around his head. He was “armed with an AK-47 style rifle equipped with a high capacity magazine and sling.”

A third suspect, wearing a white cap, flannel long-sleeve shirt and black pants, went to the register and stole cash.

All three ran from the scene.

MPD says in both robberies, a lookout was armed with a high capacity shotgun while guarding the door.

Officers who respond to future robberies with a similar MO have been advised to do so using extreme caution.

17 comments

  • Amazed

    Who are you going to call when you’re getting robbed and all of the quality police have left? Why would anyone risk their life when the city will not honor their promises? There are truly dark days ahead for Memphis. I pray that y’all figure it out and boot the council and mayor out of office come election time. They’re driving a stake in the city’s heart. Sad, really.

    • Pam

      Why would you call anyone when you’re getting robbed? When seconds count, police are only minutes away. Gas stations and other common targets should have a gun behind the counter just in case. Hand over the money and hope they leave. If they start shooting at least you could shoot back.

      • MARKPAIN

        Pam: I was robbed at gunpoint while working at a neighborhood store and I can tell you there is no time to pull a gun unless the robbers are distracted. Also I think there have been cases in Memphis where the clerks shot or shot at people who robbed them and law enforcement arrested the clerks.

    • James

      Exactly. Citizens complain about officers and want them all fired. Well they will get a glimpse of what it is like when no police are available to respond to their problems. God Bless all public safety workers and give the good citizens of this ungrateful city their wish. No police or fire. Let the city burn!

      • James

        Difference is we have incompetent leaders running this city. You need to realize who has the real power to shut this city down. My advice is to pick up a badge and gun and man up.

      • langor1

        There is really no similarity. PATCO employees (air traffic controllers) couldn’t just go to a different city/county/state and get a job doing the same thing, police officers can. Reagan’s threat to fire PATCO employees wouldn’t have been worth squat if they too could have just taken the same job elsewhere.

  • Small Inner Voice

    Yeah this warning needs to be changed for the poor citizens who are now victims to the most powerful crooks in this town . . . . . city government officials are leading the terror to it. Police really aren’t in as much danger as us poor unprepared citizens. Whore-ton and his council goons are the darkest enemies to our public safety.

  • RAWR I'm Hungry

    Off-Duty MPD Officer Robbed At Gunpoint
    They disabled comments on that article. MPD isn’t even immune to the violent thugs. Call in the National Guard.

  • MARKPAIN

    Pam: I was robbed at gunpoint while working at a neighborhood store and I can tell you there is no time to pull a gun unless the robbers are distracted. Also I think there have been cases in Memphis where the clerks shot or shot at people who robbed them and law enforcement arrested the clerks.

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