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Collierville Police On Alert After Rash Of Violent Crimes

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - There's concern after a cluster of violent crime across Collierville in the past week. Collierville police are investigating four armed robberies, including one carjacking, since last Tuesday, as well as two overnight gas station burglaries.

So far, there have been no arrests. Detectives are investigating these crimes independently, even though the suspect’s description in some of the cases are similar.

These four violent crimes in a week are a big deal in this town, which usually averages fewer than 10 of them in an entire year.

"It's very, very rare. It almost never happens,” says Collierville Police Assistant Chief Jeff Abeln. "A lot of people are concerned, just like we are, and we take it very seriously."

It's a full court press for Collierville police, after a string of reported armed robberies began Tuesday night with a carjacking at a Collierville apartment complex. 

CPD then responded to an armed robbery at the Kroger pharmacy Friday, followed by another holdup in the Walmart parking lot Saturday, and a woman robbed at gunpoint in her driveway Sunday night in the Lakes of Forest Hill subdivision.

"That kind of consistency of crime at a growing rate; it's startling,” says Brandon Porter.

Porter lives down the street from Sunday's robbery victim. "Just makes us more alert, the people around this community, our homes are pretty secure and we're going to be looking out for each other."

"It just goes to show you, you have to have look out wherever you are,” says Tom Pollard, who lives in the complex where a neighbor was robbed. "It doesn't matter where you live, if criminals want to do something they are going to do it."

"Anytime something like this happens we put a full court press on it, and put everybody out there, and I’m very confident that we are going to solve these crimes,” says Assistant Chief Abeln.

Collierville police said while they're confident they'll arrest those responsible, they again reminded those living in the community to stay vigilant.

"Be aware of your surroundings, keep alert, if you see something, by all means, call us,” says Assistant Chief Abeln. “We all need to realize that the criminals don’t know where the city limits are.” 

Collierville detectives are working on securing any surveillance footage at the different crime scenes.

Police leaders met with town leaders Monday to update the situation and their patrol response.


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