The Bartlett Police Department (BPD) handled the following incidents from Oct. 12 through Oct. 18.
Editor’s note: All suspects are presumed to be innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, and values are estimated for stolen/damaged items. These incidents represent only the more notable cases, not all incidents handled by the BPD during this time period. These are brief summaries of detailed BPD reports.
Memphis Arlington Road (property damage)
On Oct. 12, a woman reported hearing a loud noise around 10:15 p.m. the previous night. Outside, she saw her brick mailbox was destroyed and debris was scattered across the driveway and street.
The responding officer saw tire tracks in the grass leading up to the mailbox and then headed north toward the gates exiting the neighborhood.
The victim said this was the third time her mailbox was destroyed, and she has asked the homeowners’ association for video footage from the entrance gate camera. The mailbox’s value is $2,000.
Stage Road (burglary)
Someone broke through a wall to burglarize the Friendly Quick Stop (5510 Stage Road) on Oct. 13.
An officer responded to a burglary complaint around 2:50 a.m. On the west side of the building, the unknown suspect broke the lights over the walkway and then made an entrance hole in the side of the building.
The only items stolen were about eight cartons of Newport 100s ($420).
Address not specified (theft)
A victim went to BPD Headquarters Oct. 13 to report the theft of a license plate off her Jeep.
She said the theft occurred between Aug. 15 and Oct. 11, and she did not know where the theft happened. She wanted to report the incident so the tag could be entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database.
Luther Road (suspicious vehicle)
An officer responded to an suspicious vehicle complaint on Luther Road around 5:30 a.m. Oct. 14.
On site, he saw a black Pontiac G6 parked in front of the address with all four tires and rims missing ($1,000), and the vehicle was left on wooden blocks.
He found the owner, who had not yet discovered the theft. She was visiting a friend and had parked in front of the friend’s home around midnight.
The tires were a unknown brand, and the rims were unknown aftermarket chrome rims.
Oak Road (theft)
A man reported on Oct. 14 that someone stole a revolver from his vehicle earlier that day.
He said a black male stranger approached him in the parking lot at Fred’s (7657 U.S. 70) around 1 p.m. He agreed to give the man a ride to another location; he could not remember the address at the time of his report.
They met with another black male stranger, and both of them convinced the victim to go to his bank and get a cashier’s check for $10,000.
The suspects then convinced the victim to try to cash the check in an attempt to help them distribute funds to another unknown part. They went to multiple locations, trying to cash the check without success. The suspects were often left in his vehicle unsupervised.
Around 4 p.m., the victim got suspicious and began to question the suspects about the validity of what they were trying to accomplish. They immediately exited his vehicle and fled in an unknown direction.
Once the victim got home, he found that his firearm had been stolen from his vehicle. it was a silver Colt Lightweight .38-caliber hammerless revolver ($225).
Bragg Lane (theft from motor vehicle)
A man reported that someone entered his wife’s unlocked vehicle between 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. that day, stealing $575 worth of belongings.
The items included a Northface jacket ($75), a wallet ($10) with $60 cash and the victim’s Tennessee driver’s license ($20), medication ($300), and a pair of black and red Oakely sunglasses ($110).
The responding officer recovered three sets of fingerprints from the driver’s side area of the vehicle. One group of partial prints was smeared as if someone had deliberately tried to wipe the prints away.
Billy Maher Road (theft from motor vehicle)
A man reported sometime before 7 p.m. Oct. 16 that he saw two suspects trying to enter his trucks without permission.
The first suspect was a black male,between 5 feet 8 inches tall or 5 feet 10 inches tall. He had a moderately big build and wore blue jeans, a dark jacket and a dark backpack.
The suspect pulled on the passenger side door handle of the man’s brown Ford F150 but fled west on a dark bicycle when the owner shouted.
Then the owner saw a second suspect in dark clothes pulling on the door handle of his second truck, a white Ford F150. That suspect ran north into a wooded area.
There was no damage to the trucks or property stolen from them.
Bristol Woods (possible motor vehicle theft)
A woman reported on Oct. 17 that someone took her 2007 white Lexux from her garage overnight.
She last saw the vehicle between 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. the previous night. She saw the garage door was open and her vehicle was missing when she woke around 4:30 a.m. the next morning.
The responding officer did not see any damage to the garage door but noticed a key pad used to unlock the garage door. The victim said her ex-husband knew the code to enter the garage, and his name is still on the title and registration to the vehicle.