Bartlett carhopping spree nets at least 8 victims - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Bartlett carhopping spree nets at least 8 victims

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Bartlett neighbors are taking precautions after a carhopping spree netted at least eight victims.

Wednesday, burglars broke in to eight cars in two different Bartlett neighborhoods. In most cases, owners left their car doors unlocked.

Four of the eight break-ins happened on Ainsworth Street.

"They opened the glove box and had taken the stuff out of the glove box like they were looking for something," Jerry Lewis said.

Lewis lives on Ainsworth. He said he found his car disheveled, as if someone rummaged through it but did not take anything.

Three other break-ins happened on Halstead Street which is located around the corner from Ainsworth Street.

"It's frustrating; it's just not something we expect in this neighborhood,” Roy Hawkins said. “People feel like they can take anything they want.”

In addition to those seven break-ins in Bartlett Village, another victim told police about a car burglary on Christoval Street.

"We live in a nice neighborhood, so you could find something nice," the victim said.

He said neighbors told him burglars broke in to two other cars in his neighborhood on the same night.

Even though the thieves didn’t get away with much more than loose change and old CDs, many Bartlett neighbors are taking steps to make sure they don’t become the next victim.

"I just bought a camera system myself; I'm having it installed," Hawkins said.

One of the victims did turn over surveillance video of the suspects to the Bartlett Police Department, but police are still asking for more information. If you can help, call BPD at 901-385-5555.

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