MPD: Man steals over $30K worth of items in 4-month crime spree - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

MPD: Man steals over $30K worth of items in 4-month crime spree

Devin Merriweather (Source: SCSO) Devin Merriweather (Source: SCSO)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A man is behind bars, accused of stealing more than $30,500 in 15 different incidents spanning four months.

The crime spree started on May 21. According to the police report, Devin Merriweather is accused of taking $200 worth of shower curtains and towels from a Dollar General on Lamar Avenue, putting it all in a large trash bag, and walking out of the store without paying.

Then, on May 31, Merriweather is accused of taking $1,600 worth of cigarettes from the same Dollar General store. The store manager said he recognized Merriweather from previous thefts.

Merriweather, 28, is accused of taking $23,968 from Dollar General over the course of four months.

"I think it's bad he hadn't been caught," shopper Mamie Betts said. "It took so long for people to catch him. What took so long?" 

Of the burglaries, 11 happened at different stores--seven of those are Dollar Generals.

Police said Merriweather would often leave out the side or back door after the thefts, tripping an alarm.

His go-to item was cigarettes--he allegedly stole enough cartons to add up to $27,000.

"I don't think he was smoking all those cigarettes," Betts said. "No, if he was smoking them he'd be laid out somewhere."

Here are the other crimes he is accused of committing:

On June 14, an employee at Hibbett Sports on Austin Peay Highway said a man walked into the store, picked up $274 worth of clothing items, and left in a Nissan Xterra without paying. An investigator recognized Merriweather as the suspect from security footage.

A week later, investigators responded to another theft at a different Dollar General on Lamar Avenue. According to the police report, Merriweather walked into the manager's office, which is closed to the public, and took two shipping boxes of cigarette cartons valued at $1,568.

July 5, a manager at Fred's on Lamar Avenue noticed several items worth $734, including comforters and air conditioners, missing from the store and a disabled alarm on the back door. The manager recognized Merriweather from the surveillance footage.

On July 6, Merriweather was caught on camera walking into a Dollar General on Central Avenue around 12:30 p.m. and walking into the back office. He took a shipping box of cigarette cartons worth $3,300 and then took $1,000 from the manager's wallet.

Later that same day, a man took comforters worth $210 from a Fred's Pharmacy on Winchester Road. Investigators identified Merriweather as a suspect from surveillance video.

Then, on July 9, video footage showed a man take several boxes filled with cigarette cartons worth $11,000 from a Dollar General on East Raines Road. Investigators identified Merriweather as a suspect in this theft as well.

Then on July 18, a man took four comforters, a lawn mower, and two DVD players all worth $630 from Fred's Pharmacy on Lamar Avenue. A photograph of the suspect revealed Merriweather was the suspect.

On July 24 just after 2 p.m., the manager at the Dollar General on East Raines Road discovered 50 cartons of cigarettes, worth $2500, were missing. She recognized Merriweather as the suspect from surveillance video.

A week later, Merriweather was accused of prying open the office door of the Dollar General on Jackson Avenue just after 10:30 a.m. and taking 40 cartons of cigarettes worth $1,200.

The next day, on August 1, another manager at the same Fred's on Lamar Avenue said a man took $2,806 dollars worth of cigarettes. Merriweather was developed as a suspect from surveillance footage.

On August 12, Merriweather was accused of grabbing the key to the cigarette counter at the Family Dollar on Hickory Hill Road and taking $910 worth of cigarettes.

On August 17, the manager at Dollar General on Thomas Road said he heard a noise coming from the office. When he went to investigate,  he saw the door had been pried open and a man was standing in the office holding more than $500 worth of cigarettes. The man then ran out of the store, but was later identified as Merriweather.

The crime spree appeared to wrap up on September 20, when someone stole $1,600 worth of cigarettes from the Dollar General on Getwell Road. Merriweather was developed as a suspect through surveillance video. 

On September 28, officers went to serve a warrant near the intersection of Silver and Wabash where they found Merriweather. When the officers tried to approach Merriweather, he ran away towards East Person Avenue and climbed into a green trash can. Officers arrested him.

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