Police catch two suspects, search for more in attempted car thefts near airport

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Two suspects were taken into custody early Friday morning after police say they tried to steal cars off an auto auction lot near the airport.

Officers were called around 3:30 a.m. to Adesa Auto Auction near Getwell and East Holmes. The caller said several people were driving vehicles on the lot and attempting to make an escape.

Police set up a perimeter and caught two people. Officers said auto theft was an ongoing problem in the area.

This is the third time in two weeks this lot has been targeted by thieves. During the other break-ins, they got away with several vehicles and again drove through gates.

WREG was told Adesa Auto Auction keeps a van in the entrance to stop thieves from driving cars off the lot, but that didn’t stop the thieves this time.

In July, car thieves also stole 20 vehicles from Dealer’s Auto Auction on Democrat Road and took down a fence to drive the vehicles right onto to Interstate 240.

Officers were continuing to search for more suspects and they say at least one may be trapped on the property.

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