Man arrested for rash of burglaries in East Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. —  “We just moved in here three months ago and we’re kind of like ‘great somebody’s already getting yanked out of their house’,” Alex Teed said.

Roderick Leake was snatched out of his home in handcuffs on Friday and charged with burglary.

“The other morning, I think it was Thursday morning, that a bunch of unmarked Shelby County Sheriff’s vehicles just kind of swung into the cove and walked in the house and they all had tact gear on.  So it looked. I guess it was kind of intense.  I don’t know,” Teed explained.

Leake is accused of stealing just about anything lying in the yards of people’s homes.

Deputies said Leake is the man shown in a video obtained by WREG.

Cameras captured a man loading up an entire set of patio furniture and taking off in a red pickup truck.

“You’re trying to think of who it is,” Mary Gagliano said.

Neighbors racked their brains for weeks to figure out who took their things from their yards.

“A little nervous. You look before you leap around here now,” Gagliano explained.  “You don’t, you know, just talk to people.”

Saturday, many who live in the Shady Grove area found out an arrest was made.

“Terrific. Good Job. Really,” Gagliano exclaimed.

Leake was released from jail on Saturday.

WREG went to Leake’s home in Cordova to get his side of the story, but no one answered the door.

“You never know I guess. You never know who you’re living next door,” Teed said.

A crime check on the area where deputies said Leake stole from homes revealed more than 30 homes were burglarized in the last month.

“We have a meeting so we’ll, we’ll see what happens,” Gagliano said.

Leake is expected in court on Tuesday.

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