Police: Train heist connected to 19 car break-ins; 9 charged with crime spree

Man arrested in attempted train burglary

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Memphis police say a train heist is connected to a string of car break-ins and now nine people are facing charges.

Police say the suspects stole more than $70,000 worth of TVs from a box car at CSX Transportation Railroad in South Memphis Thursday.

According to MPD, several suspects were caught on surveillance camera, and when officers arrived the suspects took off in different vehicles.

One suspect though, 47-year-old Terrence Moorehead, was caught less than a mile away at the corner of Porter and Provine. He was in a Chevy pickup with 13 new TVs in the back.

Moorehead is charged with 10 felony counts of burglary and another felony count of theft.

Officers later found 43 other TVs stacked behind an abandoned building.

Police say the suspects broke into 10 boxcars.

CSX Transportation released this statement Friday:

“Safety and security is our primary focus at CSX. We operate our own fully trained, professional department of sworn police officers who monitor shipments and routinely work with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to ensure the security of our rail network and local communities. These highly skilled railroad police are located throughout our network and have experience responding to a range of emergency response and security situations. We commend the actions of our special agents and all of the Memphis police officers who performed their duties with professionalism, technical skill and integrity. This is an active investigation and no further updates will be provided.”

Late Friday, MPD confirmed a raid earlier in the day at a home not far from the railroad was connected not only to the train heist but to more than a dozen car break-ins.

Police executed a search warrant early Friday morning at a home near Preston and South Parkway. Investigators seized multiple guns, 242 grams of marijuana and $4,686 in cash. Police also recovered four more TVs stolen from the box cars and a stolen Dodge Ram.

Eight people were arrested at the house, including three teenagers. Jerald Jones, Jaylen Hastings, Montavious Conard, Robbie Terrell, Averion Finley and the teens are facing various charges for property theft, burglary, gun and drug possession.

Finley is facing an additional charge for attempted murder.

Police say more arrests are possible.

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