Man who tried to steal lawn mower remains at large

Neighbors help capture one Cooper-Young theft suspect; second still on the run

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Despite the large search efforts of Memphis Police Department, a man accused of trying to steal a lawnmower from a home in the Cooper-Young neighborhood is still on the run. However, it was help from the neighborhood that helped police capture one of the two suspected thieves.

Around 10 p.m., a homeowner, who did not want to be identified, heard a noise on his front porch.

"There was a gentleman putting that speaker in his backseat," he said. "I didn't even know the lawnmower was missing at the time."

The homeowner said he got within 15 feet of the burglars. As the two were yelling at each other, an MPD officer saw the commotion and rolled up.

"The dude throws the speaker down, luckily into the grass, and runs over to the cop car up to the front of the door, so much so that she couldn't get out of the car and starts hollering 'I didn't do anything!'" the homeowner recalled. "At that moment, his buddy runs off and leaves him. In the car, he drives off and leaves him here."

Officers followed the car and when it crashed into a building several blocks away, they arrested that man. The one who ran up to the police car shouting is still at large.

Dozens of officers searched on the ground for the suspect, and an MPD helicopter patrolled the skies.

While this was happening, the victim's wife posted about the incident on the NextDoor app.

"All the neighbors knew all about it," she said. "In fact, one neighbor said 'Well, I think they may be in the alley behind my house, because my dogs are acting wild.'"

Aaron James, the coordinator for the Cooper-Young Neighborhood Watch, said he was stoked to see increased efforts to stop crime in the area are paying off.

"We want the criminals to know that we are no longer an easy target," James said. "Our primary effort has been towards communication. And as you saw this morning, that's starting to work pretty well."

The victim said he is confident he will get his stuff back.

"A non-functioning lawn mower, and a speaker that I'm all but giving away," he said.

If you have any information on the location of the remaining suspect, contact Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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