Police searching for thieves responsible for dozens of break-ins

By Jamel Major - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Memphis police asked for help Thursday in tracking down the criminals responsible for dozens of break-ins in one neighborhood.

It has been one week since Justin Ramsey's dog, Brock, was stolen.

"I was devastated," Ramsey said.  "Didn't know what to do."

Ramsey said he was worried about his missing pet.

"He has nasal allergies and has to take medication for that," Ramsey said, "and his ears have to be cleaned at least two to three times a week because of the wax build up.  He really needs to be cared for."

Someone took Brock on April 15 after they pried open the front door of Ramsey's apartment at the Madison at Cypress Lakes.

"They took jewelry, purse, vacuum cleaners," Ramsey said.  "And the most sickening part is they went into our refrigerator and stole groceries out of the refrigerator."

Ramsey said this was not the first time his home has been burglarized.  On March 9, thieves entered through the back patio door.

According to Memphis police, there have been 33 reported residential burglaries within a half-mile radius of the apartment complex since November 1, 2009.

Ramsey said he is not taking chances and is making plans to move.

"I'm personally afraid for my life, to be honest," Ramsey said.  "Who knows what can happen between now and the time I actually do move out."

Managers of the apartment complex did not respond to Action News 5's messages.

If you have any information on the burglaries that can help authorities, call Memphis police or Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH.

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