MPD: Suspects steal from babies at East Memphis child care center

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis police are searching for three suspects accused of breaking into a local child care center.

A back door was pryed open, the building was ransacked and several items were stolen at Miriam Child Care Center on Walnut Grove Road by Shelby County Schools.

"One of my staff members came in. We have a drop box where our parents usually make their payments, and she noticed the drop box was broken and on the floor," said Program Director lletha Washington.

"She immediately walked out of the building, called me and contacted police," said Washington.

These crooks got away with 21 iPads, two laptops, a computer monitor, an unknown amount of cash from a safe and they even stole diapers and baby wipes.

Program director Iletha Washington tells me it was devastating to hear what happened.

"I feel hurt about the situation that took place but very hopeful," said Washington.

Washington says the stolen items were things the workers needed so that they could take care of the children and teach them.

"This technology is required," said Washington. "It's not something that's an option for the classrooms so it was very detremental when these items were taken from our classroom."

Antonio Brown has a 4-year-old in pre-k at the child care center.

"It's very sad, I think this development center is doing great things in this neighborhood, and to be victimized like that is sad," said Brown. "I pray that they find out who did this and that they can recover some of things that are taken."

Washington couldn't elaborate about plans to tighten security even more but, she does have a message for the thieves.

"Anytime you come in and do a crime that's against children, you will suffer the consequences," said Washington.

The suspects were caught on camera selling the stolen merchandise several hours after the robbery took place.

Call Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH if you can help.