Residents concerned after increase in break-ins at Cordova apartments

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Residents are on high alert after an increase in break-ins at a Cordova apartment.

Two burglaries and seven thefts in a month. All within a half a mile of Appling Lake Apartments on Appling Road in Cordova.

Courtney McClain and his family moved into the Appling Lake Apartments in Cordova from Frayser in April, thinking it was a safe place for him and his wife to be.

Last week he said he was gone five minutes before he became a victim.

"There's been a lot of break-ins, a string of break-ins in the morning," McClain said. "And pretty much that's what happened to me, in the morning."

Friday he got this note on his door from his apartment managers telling residents there had been a string of break-ins and to be alert and be aware of their surroundings.

"I had no idea until they sent this note out after the fact and it was too late then because I was already a victim."

A victim of what they had just warned him of.

The day before the note was posted he and his wife left to go to the store.

Five minutes later he got a phone call from his security company saying someone was in his apartment.

"They took TV's, jewelry, my wife's purse, they just had time to take everything in that little frame," McClain said.

When he got back home, he found his back door and patio door broken.

McClain says the break-ins at other apartments haven't stopped either.

"I rather would go to a hotel and pay weekly than pay rent here monthly."

Another place he said he would rather go -- Frayser.

That's where he lived before moving to Cordova.

Although he said it's not the best area to escape break-ins he says he feels safer there knowing the people in his community and his neighbors.

 McClain says he is speaking out because he wants people to know how scary this is happening in a nice community.
He also wants to warn others to pay attention to their surroundings to prevent being the next victim.
McClain said he is working to get out of his lease.
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