Police investigate home invasion in quiet Germantown subdivision - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Anna Marie Hartman

Police investigate home invasion in quiet Germantown subdivision

Police are investigating a violent home invasion that left a Germantown couple beaten and bloody early Friday morning.

Germantown Police Inspector Lee Covey said Wayne and Barbara McAlpin were asleep in their home in Germantown's Steeplegate subdivision when five armed men, wearing ski masks, cut their phone lines and broke in the back door of their home.

"Their alarm went off, but the husband turned off the alarm just thinking it was a false activation," Covey said.

Wayne McAplin told investigators he was hit on the head. Then, he and his wife were handcuffed. 

"He was taken around the house while the individuals gathered items together," Covey said.

Investigators said the men stole jewelry and silver, and dragged a four-foot safe out of the house. When the robbers left almost 30 minutes later, McAlpin, still handcuffed and bleeding, ran to a neighbor's house for help.

"Even at this point, they have no idea who these individuals were," Covey said.

But its possible that the masked suspects knew their victims.    Police think the crime is somehow related to McAlpin's business.  He is the owner of Pyramid Used Cars in Memphis.  
 
"It was specific to them," Covey said. "It was a planned situation, and so we're investigating it from that standpoint."

Whatever the connection, police feel certain a home invasion in this typically quiet neighborhood wasn't a random act.  

The McAlpins were not seriously injured despite the violent nature of the crime. 

Covey said Germantown Police home someone with information about the crime will call their local Crimestoppers number, 901-757-CASH.


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