Home burglaries are hot topic at East Memphis crime meeting

Home burglaries are hot topic at East Memphis crime meeting
(SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)
(SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)
(SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)
(SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Home burglaries were the hot topic during a town hall meeting in East Memphis on Wednesday night.

Even the crime fighting leaders have not been immune to dozens of recent incidents.

Two elected officials told the crowd at Sea Isle Elementary they had family members or neighbors hit by home burglars, just like many others in the area.

"I was a victim. My family's a victim. We feel violated," Jeff Pugh said.

Pugh said burglars hit his home last Thursday.

Photos show where they kicked in the door and swiped electronics, among other items, in the middle of the afternoon from his home.

He said the burglary has left an impact on his family.

"My wife is texting me every 20 minutes at work since Thursday. Every car that drives down the freaking street she thinks is suspicious," Pugh said.

Shelby County Sheriff Bill Oldham said the homes of two of his family members in the same area had also been burglarized.

In addition, County Commissioner Steven Basar's neighbor was a victim.

"A couple of men tied her up and that's kind of frightening, in my neighborhood," Basar said.

In the last month alone, Memphis Police have responded to nearly 40 residential burglaries in the ward surrounding Sea Isle Elementary.

"You know what? That lets me know we've got to do a better job. That is not acceptable," MPD Interim Director Mike Rallings said.

Investigators shared simple tips that may keep burglars moving. These tips include: leaving a television on, alternate which lights are left on, keep shrubbery under windows trimmed, and never put boxes from recent purchases on the curb.

"I don't know what it's going to take, guys. But, we've got to do something," Pugh said.

Coming together as a community is another important crime fighting move.

However, there has been some good news recently.

Like, the arrests of three so-called burglary crews.

Unfortunately, the crime involving Jeff Pugh's home remains unsolved.

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