MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Four Memphis fire stations became the target of criminals overnight, authorities said.
Officials were seen taking a report at Fire Station 57 on Pleasant Hill Road in southeast Memphis early Tuesday morning. Authorities couldn’t tell us how many cars were broken into, but said four stations in all were hit overnight.
One of those stations include Fire Station 22 in the 2900 block of Lamar. WREG’s Melissa Moon located one vehicle with a back window smashed out.
Private vehicles at Fire Station 35 on South Mendenhall and Station 29 on Elvis Presley Boulevard and were also hit.
“It is utterly unconscionable and terribly disheartening that members of the MFD continue to be preyed on by criminals vandalizing and breaking in to their personal vehicles while they are on duty protecting the citizens of Memphis,” Memphis Fire Department director Gina Sweat said in a statement.
“We want the right solution to accomplish our common goal of apprehending and convicting those who prey on public servants and we will continue to prioritize this matter until it is resolved. Immediately, we are working through the process of adding multiple security measures at each fire station,” she said.
Fire stations have become an increasing target in the past few months. Back in September, the Memphis Firefighters Association said 11 stations had been targeted since mid-summer and around 50 vehicle were either burglarized or vandalized.
In September, the Memphis City Council Public Safety Committee passed a resolution to place cameras at all stations. The fire department said they are still in the process of getting that technology as well as fences up at all of their locations. They just can’t get them up fast enough, they said.
The union said they would be contributing $5,000 to Crime Stoppers to help lead to the arrest of anyone involved with these crimes.
If you know anything, call Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH.