Increased Burglaries Trap Man In Parkway Village Home

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(Memphis) Grover Cassler has lived in his Parkway Village home for 20 years, but he said recently the neighborhood has taken a turn for the worse.

He lives along Willow near Perkins.

"I can’t live like this. I won’t be a prisoner in my own dang house."

Cassler said there has been a spike in residential burglaries in the past month.

In the police ward where Cassler lives, there have been 29 burglaries in the past month.

"It doesn’t seem safe to leave your house for any amount go time without someone being here to look after it."

Cassler suspects a group of teens that live on his street. Memphis police arrested one of the teens this week after the teen called 911 after cutting himself.

Blood was found at the scene of a burglary just blocks away.

"They're looking for places where there is not cars in the driveway and they’re pretty sure no one is home and then they get in, they break in and they take stuff. They come in a group and they’ll go into one of the houses and one of them will go out and stand out front and watch up and down the street," said Cassler, who claims to have seen the teens in action.

Several homes have been hit more than once.

And while police often catch the teens, Cassler said they are back on the street with in hours.

"It's the law, as long as it ‘s not a violent crime they’ve got to tell the guardian, the parents and then turn them over."


    • Janelle Tabor

      Ric you are correct this is not Parkway Village. Parkway Village stars after the interstate on Perkins going the other way like 38115 or 38118 not sure about zip code. This is Colonial Acres 38117

  • Make Mine Stupid

    How much does anyone want to bet that these so-called children are beneficiaries of the Section 8 housing program?

  • Don

    Cassler, you need to make a plan. You need to leave your house, but don’t leave home. This way you can take care of your problem, Surely some of your neighbors would be happy to help you with a plan.
    When seconds count, the police are only a few seconds away.

  • Ric

    Sounds like a great scenario to bring back “Operation Stillwatch” with…

    Nothing a few strategically planted flat screen boxes and an in-place sharpshooter can’t rapidly fix. The “freeze.or die” plan, it worked great in the 70’s……

    Toney and Amy need to do something to earn their pay for a change. Their incompetence is a threat to average citizens. Yet, both are an absolute asset to the crime culture of Shelby County!!

  • Nonya Bidness

    Where may I use Deadly Force? – The “Castle Doctrine.”
    Tennessee law provides a person the presumption that they have a “reasonable belief that there is an imminent danger of death or serious bodily injury,” when the person using deadly force is inside their:
    1. Residence – a dwelling in which a person resides, either temporarily or permanently, or is visiting as an invited guest, or any dwelling, building or other appurtenance within the “curtilage” of the residence. Curtilage being defined as the area surrounding a dwelling that is necessary, convenient and habitually used for family purposes and for those activities associated with the sanctity of a person’s home.
    2. Business – a commercial enterprise or establishment owned by a person as all or part of the person’s livelihood or is under the owner’s control or who is an employee or agent of the owner with responsibility for protecting persons and property and shall include the interior and exterior premises of the business;
    3. Dwelling – a building or conveyance of any kind, including any attached porch, whether the building or conveyance is temporary or permanent, mobile or immobile, that has a roof over it, including a tent, and is designed for or capable of use by people.
    4. Vehicle – any motorized vehicle that is self-propelled and designed for use on public highways to transport people or property.

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