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$900 luggage stolen from Toney Armstrong’s porch

Terillico Poindexter (SOURCE: SCSO) Terillico Poindexter (SOURCE: SCSO)
Francis Ewing (SOURCE: SCSO) Francis Ewing (SOURCE: SCSO)
(SOURCE: MPD) (SOURCE: MPD)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Two men are charged with stealing an expensive piece of luggage from outside the home of former Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong.

Francis Ewing, 51, and Terillico Poindexter, 22, both face a count of theft of property after the incident April 11 in the Chapel Creek neighborhood, a gated subdivision off Dexter Road.

Armstrong reported the theft three weeks later, telling investigators a package containing a black Tumi garment bag worth $900 was stolen from his porch.

Police had an immediate clue in the case because of a high-quality surveillance system installed at the home. Within hours, the Shelby County Sheriff’s office posted to Facebook photos of a man grabbing the package and a large white box truck stopped on the street.

Facebook users quickly noticed the suspect was wearing a shirt with the logo for Crosstown Courier, a delivery and logistics company with an office on Norbrook Drive near Whitehaven.

"I think it's very crazy, but its kind of ironic," Brenda Fowler said. "I wouldn't want to be the person who stole from the police director or former police director."

According to a police affidavit, investigators received information the next day that Poindexter was at the courier business. Detectives went there and identified him as the man seen in the video.

Investigators said Ewing was also there during the theft and had an active warrant from Southaven.

Poindexter confessed to taking the package and Ewing admitted he was there and had the bag at his apartment off Ball Road, according to the affidavit.

"It makes me very angry," resident Stacie Welch said. "You know, people would actually take a package. 

Those who live near Ewing said they weren't sure why police showed up in their neighborhood.

"I didn't really know why they were here for," one neighbor said. "We've been having problems with another guy here on the end. I thought that's why they came."

Detectives were able to recover the luggage.

Armstrong did not return calls for comment on Friday.

Armstrong stepped down as police director at the end of January, after a 27-year career with the force.

He currently serves at the director for security at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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