Trio of barking dogs didn't deter Midtown burglars - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Jason Miles

Trio of barking dogs didn't deter Midtown burglars

Daisy definitely has her bark back after she and two other dogs were abused by burglars who broke into their home.
    
"I was at work," said Daisy's owner, Brooke Smith. "And they just popped it and came in the back window."
    
The burglars pried off the window's security bars, and the trio of barking dogs inside proved to be only a minor distraction as the crooks cleaned out the house.
    
"They took condiments out of my refrigerator," said Smith. "Salad dressing, mayo, peanut butter, and poured it all over them."
    
The incident at Smith's home is just one in a rash of recent home burglaries in Memphis' Cooper-Young and Central Gardens neighborhoods, where bold burglars have cut around dead-bolt locks and have slipped through even the smallest of windows.
    
"Police have told us they're seeing a pattern of daytime break-ins," said Peggy Williamson, who heads up Midtown Security Community - an Internet-based neighborhood watch group. 

This week, Williamson distributed an alert from Memphis police concerning a spike in crime.
    
"It seems to move around," she said. "It was in East Memphis for a while, and now it appears to be in Midtown." 
     
Williamson says police are providing additional patrols. "And I think that they're really eager to break this cycle."

Police suggest citizens alter their routines to keep crooks from knowing exactly when they're not at home.

Smith says she's just glad Daisy and her other canine companions are okay."That was the worst part for me - that my dogs were harmed."
     
Memphis Police Department has included plain-clothes officers in its effort to catch the burglars in Midtown.

Midtown Security Community has scheduled an upcoming meeting for Thursday, January 22 at 5:00 p.m. at the American Red Cross, 1400 Central Avenue in Midtown.
    
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