WMPD working string of vehicle break-ins
Police urging community to keep a close eye on neighborhoods
Breaking into vehicles in hopes scoring a hefty bounty is playing havoc on several West Memphians lately with West Memphis police hot on the trail of those who are up to no good.
Just a week ago, police ran down and arrested a man and woman accused of going around the Walmart parking lot and breaking into vehicles, and just this last weekend destructive perpetrators went on the rampage breaking out the windows of at least five vehicles in the 1300 and 1500 block of Colonial Drive between the hours of 1:30 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Assistant Police Chief Robert Langston said.
“The unfortunate thing about all these vehicle break-ins is that they did more damage to the vehicles that what they were able to steal,” Langston said.
In one of the break-ins the vehicle’s owner who resides at 1511 Colonial Dr. said she couldn’t find anything of any value missing but that it was clear her Ford F-250 was rummaged through. Entry was made by breaking out the driver’s side window.
Also she told investigating officers that her neighbor had outside cameras and that maybe the individual or individuals could be identified.
Another victim at 1508 Colonial Dr., told officers that entry was made to his GMC Sierra by breaking out the rear driver’s side
“The unfortunate thing about all these vehicle break-ins is that they did more damage to the vehicles that what they were able to steal…
there were residential cameras that may have captured images of the suspect or suspects. There is a good possibility of identifying them and making an arrest.” — WMPD Assistant Chief Robert Langston window. The victim said that he does have cameras and also his neighbors has video surveillance.
Taken in that break-in was a sliver lap top computer valued at just $50.
In that case officers were able to collect several possible fingerprints belonging to the suspect.
One victim at 1506 Colonial Dr., told officers that his BMW 525 was also broken into while parked in the driveway. He said when he walked outside he noticed that his driver’s side window was shattered but that there was noting inside taken.
In another incident, officers approached the victim at 1307 Colonial Dr., who was inside his Chevrolet Silverado pickup going through the middle console to see what may have been taken. Officers said the passenger’s window had been smashed out while the vehicle was parked in the driveway of the residence.
Again, the victim told police that he could find nothing taken.
The victim at 1304 Colonial Dr., told police that his friend’s vehicle has been broken into by someone breaking the passenger’s side window. In that incident the owner told police that a pair of ear pods were massing.
“We believe with all the evidence gathered and the fact that there were residential cameras that may have captured images of the suspect or suspects there is a good possibility of identifying them and making an arrest,” Langston said.
Langston also said that footage from the Sky Cop camera located at the corner of Clement Road and Colonial Drive will be reviewed. Anyone with information that may lead to the identity of the person or persons responsible for these break-ins are asked to contact the West Memphis Police Department.