Undercover cops net car burglar in Home Depot parking lot

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- An increase in car burglaries in Midtown has MPD going undercover.

Lawrence Hunter was arrested on Thursday when police said they spotted him breaking into a truck in the Home Depot parking lot near Poplar and Avalon while they were canvasing the place.

They said they became suspicious when they noticed a car moving to different parking spots. Hunter reportedly went from Planet Fitness to Home Depot where they saw him get out, open someone's car door and shuffle through it for about a minute.

After he was arrested, police said they found a pry bar in Hunter's car along with $140 worth of stuff that wasn't his.

"Anytime you drive a car and anytime you get out of it and park it's susceptible to being stolen," said AC Matthews who was happy to hear about the arrest.

He's been a victim of car burglaries and thefts in the past.

"You don't know who did it. That's why it makes you feel angry. You don't know who did it," he said.

WREG has learned this wasn't Hunter's first brush with the law.

He's been arrested several times for breaking into cars.

In 2011, undercover officers said they caught him rummaging through a car at the Memphis Zoo.

Now he's facing a list of charges including motor vehicle burglary and possession of burglary tools.

There have been more than 30 burglary and theft reports filed in a quarter mile radius from Poplar and Avalon in the past 3 months.