MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis Police are searching for groups of people who have robbed and ransacked three different GameStop locations in five days.
The different incidents and dates are listed below.
A little before 3:30 a.m., officers responded to a burglary business at GameStop located in the 7500 block of Winchester Road. Police say video footage showed a light-colored, four-door sedan backing into the front doors of the store.
Five suspects entered GameStop and stole seven PS5 gaming consoles.
According to MPD, after 2 a.m., officers responded to a burglary at the GameStop located in the 460 block of North Germantown Parkway. Officers were told that five different cars arrived at the scene and broke the front door with a sledgehammer.
Police say seven suspects entered the store and took several thousand dollars worth of items. The other suspects were lookouts.
On Sunday, five people burglarized the GameStop in the 1600 block of Union Avenue. The group of people backed a small car through the business’s doors
Once inside, police say the suspects took several video games and controllers.
The store on North Germantown Parkway in Cordova was open on Tuesday, but no one in charge wanted to go on camera. Next door at Create A Cig vape shop, manager Christopher Smith had plenty of concerns.
“Absolutely frustrated. I want to say crime, it should not be this bad. People should not be out on the streets doing what they’re doing,” he said.
Smith has been a manager for a year and a half.
“In that time I want to say the GameStop next door has been broken into four, maybe five times that I can recall,” he said.
Smith’s store was broken into just before Christmas and he believes it was the same suspects who broke into GameStop, who were probably looking for money.
It’s unknown if the same suspects are responsible for breaking into the GameStop on Union Avenue Sunday morning or if they’re the same crew that hit GameStop on Winchester on February 1.
Regardless, Smith’s mad at how crime has moved into the Cordova area where he works and where he’d like to bring his family.
“I wouldn’t take my kids anywhere around here without knowing a hundred percent certain that there’s security or police on site to do whatever I was doing with my kids, and that’s sad,” he said.
You should be wary of buying video games and controllers from someone on the street.
If you have information that can help police find the persons responsible for the GameStop burglaries, you’re urged to contact CrimeStoppers at 901-528-CASH.