Drug Debt Prompts Home Invasion, Robberies

Memphis police say a man with a drug debt is responsible for a home invasion and robberies at three Memphis hotels.

Surveillance video released earlier this week shows someone holding up the Hampton Inn on Hacks Cross Monday. The thief tried to cover his face with his shirt but several people said they recognized him. Investigators say they received several Crime Stoppers tips identifying the man on the surveillance video as Billy Ray Myles. Police charged him with kidnapping, burglary and robbery.

Involvement within the community and with local businesses is the best deterrent against crime. That was the idea behind a crime awareness class held Saturday.

Lieutenant Roderic Cunningham conducted classes for employees at the Hampton Inn on Hacks Cross Road. "What I think we're trying to get across to all the staff members is no matter where you are, what time of day it is, this thing can happen," said Cunningham. "And everybody needs to be prepared for it."

Memphis police believe Myles also robbed a couple at their home Monday, and held up two other hotels. They say he was out of jail on bond after a series of "bump and robs" in Memphis and DeSoto County. A "bump and rob" is when someone uses his car to bump into yours. When you get out to inspect the damage you're robbed. Memphis police urge anyone with information on other crimes Myles may be connected to to call Crime Stoppers at 528-CASH.