Suspect could help solve "smash & grab" robberies - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Suspect could help solve "smash & grab" robberies

He smashed, he grabbed, and he got away. But Memphis police think they've caught a bold bandit responsible for a weekend burglary.

"It's very good news, very good news," says Shawn Wilson.

He owns the liquor store that was struck. It wasn't the first, not the second, but the third time he's been hit.

"Unbelievably, they can be gone in less than 90 seconds--it's crazy," says Wilson.

Memphis Police have reason to believe this case may be connected to a number of other crimes.

"Early to say--but we hope that we can find a link or see if there is a link there," says Major Billy Garrett.

Police say the smash and grab burglaries have gone down in much the same way. They "go for the gold" after driving through glass doors. That was the most expensive liquor in the store in this latest case.

"This type of crime here is very serious to us and we're not happy with the number of incidents we've had," says Major Garrett.

Action News Five has followed the crimes since the beginning. Criminals started by crashing into convenience stores and yanking out ATM's. The suspect currently in custody could tie everything together, although accomplices are likely still at large.

"It's safe to say there's more than one person involved," says Garrett.

Shawn Wilson just hopes new security measures will keep his inventory safe. Meantime, he has a warning for future "smashers and grabbers."

"You may get away with it once, twice, even three times maybe," says Wilson. "But eventually they're going to get you--you're going to get caught," he warns.

The suspect in this latest case was taken into custody by Memphis Police. He had yet to be charged as of late Thursday. Stay with Action News 5 for updates on this string of brazen burglaries.


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