Arrest connected to nearly 2 dozen auto burglaries at Memphis businesses; police say it’s gang-related


MEMPHIS, Tenn. — An 18-year-old man has been arrested and charged in a wave of vehicle burglaries and thefts at businesses across Memphis over the past two weeks that police believe is gang-related.

Ricarlos Morgan was arrested Tuesday. He is charged with 22 counts of auto burglary, one count of auto theft, plus numerous property theft and vandalism charges.

Police say Morgan is a member of a local gang called The 400 Gang they say is responsible for similar crimes throughout the city.

According to police, Morgan was connected to incidents at six businesses in Southeast Memphis, Oakhaven and the airport area between Dec. 3 and 11, including eight burglaries at the FedEx facility on Distriplex Cove on Dec. 7.

Several of the vehicle owners reported to police that guns, electronics and cash had been stolen from their vehicles. In other cases, vehicle windows were smashed, but nothing was taken.

Police say they tracked Morgan to his home on Cedrick Avenue in Parkway Village on Tuesday and executed a search warrant. Police say they found several of the stolen firearms and electronic devices in the home. They also say they found a $1,000 AK-47 rifle that had been reported stolen out of Fayette County in 2008.

Despite Morgan’s arrest, car break-ins have continued across the city. The latest happened Wednesday morning at the Assa Abloy warehouse off South Mendenhall.

Employees were inside at the time and say about 13 vehicles were hit between 5 and 6 a.m., not long after they got to work.

Employees said they don’t know know if the people who caused all this damage got anything from these vehicles, but say they at least two people were caught on camera getting out of a van.

Wednesday morning, police also responded to three more vehicle break-ins about five miles away on West Distriplex Drive.

If you know anything that can help police, call 901-528-cash.

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