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Undercover Memphis police stop Cordova burglary

The old saying "wrong time, wrong place" certainly applies to some suspected burglars and the timing of police officers in a Cordova neighborhood. The old saying "wrong time, wrong place" certainly applies to some suspected burglars and the timing of police officers in a Cordova neighborhood.

(WMC-TV) - The old saying "wrong time, wrong place" certainly applies to some suspected burglars and the timing of police officers in a Cordova neighborhood.

No one near Highway 64 and Houston Levee Road knew why undercover Memphis Police officers may have been there in the middle of the day - but, neighbors are glad they were.

The undercover cops caught two suspected burglars in the act - after spotting one of them kick open the front door to someone's home.

"Daytime, nighttime, it doesn't matter - if they're going to do something they're going to do it, but I'm glad they caught them. That's the main thing," said neighbor Eric Purifoy.

According to court records, the undercover officers waited for 31-year-old Larico Woods to exit the house with an overnight bag filled with a laptop, jewelry, and a purse before arresting him after a brief foot chase.

His accomplice, 29-year-old Charles Tartt, was arrested a short time later while circling the neighborhood in a suspected getaway car.

"The policemen were coming down the street apparently and they saw the guys kick in the door," said neighbor Thomas Laws.


The stolen items worth nearly $3,000 were returned to the homeowner who told police she did not know either man accused of breaking in.   

"Bad timing, for the burglars, very bad - for the neighborhood, fantastic timing,"  Laws said.

Both of those men remain locked up Tuesday on hefty bonds, they both have criminal histories which include previous burglary charges.

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