Memphis Police believe rash of recent car thefts at dealerships could be connected


MEMPHIS, Tenn. ( – Two men are in custody, arrested Friday morning in what Memphis Police believe could be a connected string of car thefts at local dealerships in recent weeks.

The latest happened around 4:00 a.m. Friday morning at Adesa Auction in the 5400 block of Getwell Road. While two men were arrested, police said several others got away – a number similar to a group caught on camera in other dealerships in the last month.

Police reports show it’s the third time in August and second time this week thieves targeted this business. Friday morning, two suspects were caught trying to steal cars from the property.

Those who work at the victimized businesses said they’re fed up and will bulk up their own security in response.

“Saddened of what the city of Memphis has come to,” a worker at Memphis Auto Auction said.

With thieves still out there, that worker didn’t want his name or face shown. Last month, his security cameras caught at least five people trying to steal cars off the 800-vehicle lot.

Memphis Police believe the same group could have hit other dealerships in recent week, including Adesa three times this month, the latest happening Friday morning.

“It’s very possible that’s the case,” that worker said.

Police reports showed thieves stole a total of seven cars in two other separate break-ins in the Adesa lot already this August. While two people were caught, several remain on the run.

“My message is I hope they get caught, I mean, like we all do,” the worker said.

With the rash of car thefts continuing, those who work at the dealerships said they’re stepping up their own safeguards.

“We’ve taken measures to prevent them from coming in. We’ve pulled the keys out of the cars at night. It’s not convenient for us but that’s what we are doing to counteract what’s going on,” the employee said.

The general manager at Adesa declined an oncamera interview Friday afternoon.

Memphis Police said they’ve recovered some of those stolen vehicles in recent days and ask anyone who knows anything about these recent car thefts to call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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