Posted on November 15, 2023

Swarm of 40 Looters Ransacks Memphis Gas Stations

Rachel Bowman, Daily Mail, November 12, 2023

Over three dozen suspects vandalized and shoplifted from two Tennessee gas stations, stealing over $17,000 worth of merchandise and ravaged the inside of the stores, in a slew of Saturday night thefts.

Police said the mob hit up an Exxon station and a Fill-N-Go gas station in Memphis Saturday night.

Video from WREG shows the group wreaking havoc inside the store, and at one point, a thief is seen ripping an illuminated sign from its base at the door.

The robbers are seen knocking over stands and carrying out boxes of goods, many of them slipping as they exit through the door.

Just after after 10 p.m. a mob of 30-40 suspects entered the Exxon at 3483 Airways Boulevard and stole $2,000 worth of merchandise, according to police.

Shortly after at 11:50 p.m., a group of 40 looters entered the Fill-N-Go gas station at 3084 South Third Street.

Authorities said the group caused approximately $9,000 worth of damage to the store and stole $15,000 worth of merchandise.

A person inside the Fill-N-Go said one of the suspects wearing a black Nike ski mask, a black pullover hoodie, blue jeans and a black bag across his chest pointed a rifle at him.

Police said armed suspect was riding in the passenger seat of a newer model white Mitsubishi Outlander, and the driver is a woman wearing a black pullover, green T-shirt, black tights and black slides.

There has been no arrests in connection to the gas station burglaries.

The retail thefts weren’t the only havoc in Memphis over the weekend, as other high-profile robberies were reported. ABC 24 reported one of Saturday night’s burglaries included a FedEx tractor-trailer being broken into with packages stolen from it.

Officers received reports of a theft shortly after 8:30 p.m. and they saw multiple vehicles leaving the scene.

The complainant said the FedEx truck was broken into when multiple cars blocked it off at an intersection and stole packages from the back after breaking the safety latch.

Early Sunday morning, security at Breezy Point Apartments detained three suspects they identified as the men who broke into the FedEx truck.

Security found four kicker speakers, a vehicle headlight, a 14-piece pot and pan set, a cardboard box of air lines and three direct cable boxes in the suspects vehicle.

One suspect reportedly said they found the items left on the street and picked them up.

Data from September shows major violent crime is up 10 percent year to date and major property crimes is up 29 percent in Memphis.