Crooks hit three city-owned properties in one week - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Crooks hit three city-owned properties in one week

City of Memphis Sign Shop.  Crooks stole thousands of dollars worth of tools and other equipment from here City of Memphis Sign Shop. Crooks stole thousands of dollars worth of tools and other equipment from here
The same crooks also stole money from an office and took a vending machine from Leftwich Tennis Center The same crooks also stole money from an office and took a vending machine from Leftwich Tennis Center

(WMC-TV) - They make all kinds of signs at the City of Memphis Sign Shop on North Manassas, including ones warning trespassers to keep out. But that's one sign crooks have repeatedly ignored.

"And every time someone goes over there," said one neighbor. "It's always near my vehicle," he added.

She lives feet from the chain-link fence through which burglars most recently broke in this week.

"I've asked them to put one of those metal, I mean, wrought iron fences up," said the neighbor, who did not want to be identified.

According to police reports, items swiped during this latest heist include thousands of dollars worth of tools and other equipment and nearly a dozen auto batteries taken right out of work vehicles.

"Something needs to be done about it," said the neighbor.

Police responded to reports of two other burglaries at city-owned Audubon Park on the same day the sign shop crime was called in.

Money from the office and a vending machine was stolen from the Leftwich Tennis Center while two carts were taken from the adjacent golf course. Each of them was worth thousands of dollars.

"We've been playing out here 10 or 15 years," said golfer Davey Weakes..

He only recalled hearing about the occasional car break-in.

"Just part of what goes on," said Weakes. "I mean, anywhere in town," he added.

The city is taking additional steps to secure the sign shop and police may increase patrols and surveillance in all areas where taxpayer property was taken.

Call Crime-Stoppers at 901-528-CASH with any information.

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