Crime rises in Overton Square Area During Revitalization

Crime rises in Overton Square Area During Revitalization

Life is returning to Overton Square. A lot of new businesses and restaurants are popping up in the Midtown neighborhood, but unfortunately crime is popping up as well.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - Life is returning to Overton Square. A lot of new businesses and restaurants are popping up in the Midtown neighborhood, but unfortunately crime is popping up as well.

"Came in through the back door and used a rod to chop through our office door, basically about an 8 minute job," said General Manager of Local Gastropub, Derk Meitzler.

He says surveillance cameras caught the whole burglary at the restaurant. It's been open for less than a year as part of the revitalization of Overton Square.

Councilman Jim Strickland is excited about Overton Square being revitalized, but understands crime comes with the territory.

"Obviously the more commercial activity there is there's probably more temptation for criminal activity and that's probably to be expected, break-ins and robberies, but I think overall it will be a very safe area," he said.

Despite the crime, folks say they are pleased with the direction Overton Square is headed toward. New restaurants, a new theater, and a new parking garage are set to open soon.

"Well it's very exciting, it's extremely exciting because it's been empty for so long and it's been much loved by the City of Memphis for so long," said Maggie's Pharm employee Stephanie Charbonnet.

So far there are no suspects for the Local Gastropub burglary. Anyone with information should call CrimeStoppers at (901) 528-CASH (2274). You can also submit your tip at 528cash.org, or text the word AWARD to 274637 (CRIMES). You will remain anonymous, and you could be eligible to receive a cash reward.
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