MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis police are looking for two suspects accused of stealing items out of a car in Midtown. It’s one of many cases of car break-ins in the past few months.
There have been dozens of reports in the past few months in this general area of people targeting cars. And now that we’re in the middle of holiday shopping, people are becoming even more vulnerable to break-ins.
Keith Gilstrap said his dog Body is a good deterrent to keep thieves away from his car.
“I’ve got Body in the back 90 percent of the time and nobody wants to come up to the car when they see him,” he said.
But not everyone has their own Body standing guard, including one victim whose car was recently broken into while parked at Home Depot the other weekend in Midtown.
Police just released surveillance photos of the suspects. The man and woman in the pictures are accused of taking various items from someone’s car before taking off in a blue Dodge Ram.
“It is surprising because it’s the holidays, so normally you hope that people are in better spirits not to steal your stuff,” said Parker Lyons who lives in Memphis.
Unfortunately, the holidays can present opportunities for criminals.
“I don’t keep presents in the car, I mean that’s just not smart,” said Gilstrap.
It’s especially crucial to keep your doors locked and items out of sight this time of year.
“I had a friend who lost a laptop that way because he had it sort of in clear view, and it’s just a pretty terrible experience all around I’m sure,” said Lyons.
Memphis police recommend to park in well-lit areas, stay off your phone and have your keys ready before walking back to your car.
“You’ve got to have an alarm on your car,” said Gilstrap.
Undercover cops recently staked out the area on Poplar Avenue after a string of car burglaries.
There’s also a Skycop in the lot, but police hope shoppers will stay aware of their surroundings so it can be a safe and happy holiday season.
If you have any information about the suspects in the surveillance video, you’re asked to contact police or CrimeStoppers at (901) 528-CASH.