Man arrested in connection to a dozen convenience store thefts in Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Candy, drinks and lots of beer: All items police say one man walked out of different Memphis convenience stores with.

"Pretty bad. Unfortunately, it's a reflection of our economy in the city," said neighbor Robert Anderson.

Police told WREG 43-year-old Reginald Chism was connected to thefts from various gas stations and dollar stores.

It was a spree that started in August and only ended last week.

It was at that point an employee was able to get the suspect's license plate tag number, which led investigators to Chism.

Police said he confessed to the thefts, ranging from gas stations on Mount Moriah Road to dollar stores on East Shelby Drive.

Many of the reported thefts were of alcohol, but others included laundry items and clothes.

"People are doing whatever they have to do to survive, but it doesn't mean you should break the law," said Anderson.

Customers said it can be hard to hear so often of these crimes when they're doing their shopping the right way.

"It's a part of what you get not used to it, but you know it's going to happen," said neighbor Tony Jenkins. "You just got to try to make the best of it, and just hopefully whoever's doing it will get what they need without having to feel they have to do that."