Memphis cars block a FedEx truck from getting on the road and packing loot
Several vehicles blocked a FedEx tractor-trailer at a Memphis, Tennessee, intersection before dozens of people ransacked the back of the truck in search of packages, leaving boxes discarded all over the road during the brazen weekend theft.
Video from the scene shows several people running through parked cars in the road toward a FedEx truck as the driver tries to evade vandals carrying their loot.
Several men allegedly used an unknown tool to open the security latches on the locked rear doors of the truck and took several packages, the driver said, according to multiple local reports.
When officers arrived, several vehicles were seen recklessly speeding away from the scene Saturday night, the Memphis Police Department said, according to Fox13 Memphis.
The large-scale theft occurred at Mallory and Riverport in the city’s South Memphis neighborhood.
A resident says she’s tired of the crime happening in the robbery area on Saturday.
“The thing I care about is that someone ends up getting killed,” Vivica Shumpert told WHBQ. “And the citizens who pay the taxes we should have more security, better security for the people who pay property taxes and who want to live safely and quietly.”
Three men were arrested after being arrested at an apartment complex several hours after the robbery.
Memphis police received a call from a security team at the apartment complex after they found the three men sitting in a white Chevrolet that smelled of marijuana.
After examining the vehicle, security details informed the police that the men admitted to taking items from the truck.
The men told arriving officers that the stolen items had been left in the street where they had picked them up.
Some of the items recovered from the vehicle included four Kicker 6X9 speakers, a car headlight, a 14-piece kit, a cardboard box for air lines and three direct TV cable boxes, the newspaper reported.
FedEx responded to the theft, saying the safety of its employees and its customers’ packages were top priorities.
“The safety of our team members and the security of our customers’ shipments are the highest priorities, and we are grateful that no serious injuries occurred as a result of this incident,” the statement read. “We are fully cooperating with the investigating authorities and taking appropriate steps to address this matter.”
Last week, a UPS driver in Maryland had her truck stolen during a daylight armed robbery while she was delivering packages.
Police responded to the scene in Prince George’s County after receiving a frantic 911 call from the driver around 2 p.m. on Thursday, November 9.