15 car break-ins reported across one block downtown

(WMC-TV) - Up to 15 cars were burglarized across one city block Friday morning in Downtown Memphis, just hours after police locked up three men for other break-ins nearby.

According to Memphis Police Colonel A. C. Knight, car burglaries are a top priority at the MPD's South Man Precinct.

"15 cars is excessive," Knight said.

Thursday, police caught three men in the act of a car burglary, after officers at the Real Time Crime Center watched a live video feed of two men busting a window and raiding a car on Madison near the ballpark.

But those three suspects were picked up before 7:00 p.m. Thursday, and the first of the 15 car burglaries clustered together was reported after 4:00 a.m. Friday.

"I don't know if it was just dumb luck that when we left, they came in, or if maybe these guys were responsible - they broke into the cars earlier in the night prior to us catching them," Knight said. "That's yet to be known."

Investigators suspect there's another group of car burglars on the loose. An easy way to prevent burglary, police say, is to not leave tempting items in plain sight when you leave your car.

If you have information about car break-ins downtown, call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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