Two arrested in Midtown fire station burglary

Jordan Lakins and Cesare Payne

Jordan Lakins (left) and Cesare Payne are now in custody for Aggravated Burglary and Theft of Property.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Two men have been arrested in connection with a July 5 break-in at a Union Avenue fire station.

Cesare Payne and Jordan Lakins both are charged with burglary and theft, $2,500 to $10,000.

According to a police report, firefighters at Station 11 went on a call the night of July 4. When they returned around midnight, they secured the building and went to bed.

►Midtown fire station burglarized as firefighters slept

At 6:30 a.m.,  the group woke up to discover a window wide open and some of their personal items missing.

Somehow the suspects were able to get away with a Cannondale mountain bike, two laptops, headphones, a backpack, two wallets, two cellphones, cash, one of the victim’s driver’s license, a Social Security card and two credit cards.  In all, the suspects got away with more than $5,000 in stolen goods.

Within hours, credit cards taken in the burglary were used at a Walmart in West Memphis.

Investigators with Memphis Police’s Crump Station were able to obtain a surveillance video showing two individuals exiting a store with merchandise that was purchased with the stolen credit cards.

The video was released publicly and tips were received through Crime Stoppers which helped investigators identify the suspects.