Three men have been arrested after a Memphis FedEx tractor trailer break in and gas station crime spree that involved as many as 40 people.
The crime spree occurred on Saturday night, November 11th in Memphis, Tennessee on Riverport Road and Mallory Avenue before 2:30 a.m.
According to WREG News, several cars blocked the intersection of Riverport Road and Mallory Avenue as the FedEx semi truck tried to pass. Dozens of people then stormed the rig, broke the seal to the trailer, and began pulling boxes out of the trailer. Boxes and items were left thrown all over the roadway.
At 2:39 a.m.investigating officers received a call from the security officers at a nearby apartment complex. The security officers said three men had been arrested and that the entire complex was on lockdown. The security officers said that the three men had been inside of a white car that smelled of marijuana on the apartment property during the lockdown, which required all residents to be inside of an apartment.
The security officers investigated the vehicle and found speakers, a vehicle headlight, a pot and pan set, a box of air lines, and three Direct TV cable boxes. The three men then admitted to taking items found inside of the car from the semi truck, but said that they picked them up after the merchandise was scattered on the roadway. The security officers told police that the three men were responsible for breaking into the tractor trailer.
Investigators say that a group of as many as 40 people had ransacked two gas stations before mobbing the tractor trailer. The investigation is ongoing.
FedEx released the following statement about the incident:
“The safety of our team members and the security of our customers’ shipments are top priorities, and we are grateful there were no serious injuries as a result of this incident. We are cooperating fully with investigating authorities and taking appropriate steps to address this matter.”