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Crooks stash stolen cash in a Crown Royal bag

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Germantown residents are on edge after five auto burglaries happened in just one night. But, automobile owners made it easy for the thieves by leaving the cars unlocked.

"It's very scary, creepy, and disconcerting and we want it taken care of," victim Alisha Skrmetti said. "This is Germantown, a safe place."

But early Tuesday morning, Germantown was not so safe.

"This was 3:18 am in the morning. I heard something outside, looked out and saw three guys." Trey Lowery said.

Lowery said he saw three men in his front yard.

"I watched them go to my neighbor’s driveway, then all of a sudden they made their way to every car that was parked in the driveway," Lowery said. 

They made their way to unlocked cars like Skrmetti's vehicle.

"I could tell they had been looking and rifling through and had moved some stuff around," Skrmetti said.

Luckily, she had just cleaned out her car and there was nothing to take.

Lowery called Germantown police, who showed up within minutes.

"They pulled up as they were going through a car taking stuff out of a car," Lowery said.

After a chase, police arrested and charged Jeremiah Smith and Louis Carlisle.

The two suspects told investigators they had been looking primarily for loose change in the cars. Investigators said the crooks kept the cash they took in a Crown Royal bag.

The suspects had a lot of cash in that bag that consisted of 20s, ones, fives--all from people's cars.

Lt. R. M. Fisher with Germantown police said the two suspects admitted to going through vehicles.  

"They told us yes, in fact they were going over cars, had been doing it throughout the night. They also admitted to being involved in several the previous week," Lt. Fisher said.  

On Wednesday, police arrested a third man, Eddie Lee Turner. The men are charged with burglary of a vehicle and theft of property.

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