Police say two women stole IDs, cash at two Memphis colleges


Camara James (left) and Deerika Wilson

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Taser, drugs and stolen Social Security cards are just some of the items deputies reported finding on two women linked to a crime spree.

Shelby County Sheriff's deputies say Deerika James and Camara Wilson, both 19, targeted cars parked at the University of Memphis and LeMoyne-Owen College.

Both are charged with possession of marijuana and several counts of burglary, theft and identity theft.

"That's pretty devastating," said Alex Johnson after hearing his fellow U of M classmates were victims. "I say everybody should just watch out in general."

Deputies said they were responding to a suspicious activity call on Tuesday when they arrested the two suspects near the Windyke area in southeast Memphis.

They reported finding a plastic gun, a Taser, marijuana, cash, several purses, insurance cards and more in the car.

Police said at first, one of the women told them she didn't know where most of the items came from.

However, reports said she then changed her story and admitted spending most of their day seeing if car doors were locked at the U of M and LeMoyne-Owen -- taking what they could find.

Deputies said they also linked the women to the crime after finding a backpack and both student and employee ID's in the car.

"It's really messed up that they just can't leave us alone because we're already struggling college students. The fact that you're stealing from us is even worse," U of M senior Alexis Paige said. "They were just going after whatever they could find."

She said it's a sad reminder for students to always be on alert and to lock their doors.

"I put things in my center console or in my glove compartment. I lock it and make sure that I get everything, like chargers or anything that could look valuable, and put them away," Paige said.

James and Wilson are scheduled to be in court Thursday morning.

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