Smash and grab robber plagues one neighborhood - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Smash and grab robber plagues one neighborhood

Police believe 12 smash and grab burglaries are the work of one suspect. A thief who is taking very little but destroying a lot.

At Bud and Hal's Liquor on Elvis Presley, the cost of doing business has gone up. Twice in one week a burglar busted through the store windows to steal a few pint size liquor bottles.

"The next day we replaced the glass they came back again," said store manger Richard Fields.

In the past 30-days there have been a dozen smash and grab type burglaries near the intersection of Elvis Presley and Raines Roads. Two at Piggly Wiggly, two at Autozone, at Ike's it happened three days in a row.

"It appears that the suspects are using bricks or rocks to smash the windows," said Maj. Billy Garrett of the Memphis Police Department.

Garrett says officers from the South precinct have increased patrols in the area and met with store managers.

"However we haven't been successful in making arrests in that area and do need some assistance," said Garrett.

Evidence suggests it's the work of one suspect. Until that person is caught, the plywood stays up at Bud and Hal's.

That could take a while because investigators say even some of these stores that have surveillance systems the video is of such low quality its been impossible to identify a suspect.

The price of the stolen goods isn't what's making this crime so costly.

"It's costing a lot more to replace that glass than to buy a couple of these little small bottles," said Fields.

Eighteen-hundred dollars worth of glass gone in two days time.

Investigators say there were fewer burglaries this month than last. Garrett asks business owners to make sure their lights are on and the alarm is set. And they want anyone with information that could lead to a suspect to call Crimestoppers at 528-CASH.

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