Safety alert issued to Cooper Young residents after break-ins

(WMC-TV) - Memphis police issued a safety alert to residents in the Cooper-Young neighborhood of Midtown Memphis after a number of daytime break-ins.

Police told residents to be on the lookout for an older model white SUV, possibly a Ford Expedition, accompanied by two to three men.  Investigators said the men have been pulling into driveways during daytime hours.

During a recent break-in, suspects stole electronics from one home and allowed the family dog to escape.

"It's scary, of course," said resident Corey Mesler.  "Hate to see happen to neighbors, even if it doesn't happen to you."

Police are asking residents to keep a watchful eye and call 911 if they think they are witnessing a break-in.

Next Tuesday, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton will meet with members of his staff, police, and the community to figure out the best way to fight the rise in crime.  That meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. on December 13 at Peabody Elementary School.

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