Memphis Police Could Stop Responding to Burglaries

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(Memphis) A man is behind bars right now for allegedly stealing assault weapons and a TV thanks to the quick work of Memphis Police.

But a new plan by the city would have prevented officers from getting the finger prints that led to his arrest.

Memphis Police are considering cutting some of the services of the to save money.

Under that plan Memphis police wouldn’t come to your home anymore if there was a burglary.

You would report it over the phone or online, but a case this week shows valuable evidence can be gathered at a crime scene.

Erick Collins is in jail accused of stealing a flat screen TV and two assault rifles in Hickory Hill.

According to the police affidavit he took the stuff from this one and hid it in their neighbors trash can, and a laundry basket.

The neighbors found it and called police.

Darrell Yankaway can’t believe that happened next door.

“People around here work hard for their stuff.  They don’t just want people coming in and taking whatever you work hard for,” said Yankaway.

When the neighbor found the hidden goods he called police and they came out to the scene of the burglary and dusted for finger prints.

They found finger prints and arrested the person they belong to within three days.

Yankaway says if police hadn’t come out things could have gotten ugly.

“They need to come because if they don’t there will probably be some more crimes because people are going to start taking matters into their own hands, and that’s not going to be good,” said Yankaway.

The mayor’s office says something must be done to save money in the city’s budget, because right now police are responding to too many nonemergency calls.

Mayor AC Wharton says some cities are charging crime victims an incident fee when police have to come out to a crime.

He says that’s something to consider.