Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Mail Carrier Robbed Of Pants While On The Job

Reward offered in robbery of postal worker

Robberies of mail carriers are fairly rare.  The USPS is always quick to offer a sizable reward in hopes of sending a message.  In this case, a postal inspector tipped off a fellow reporter about the crime and was willing to speak on camera.  I set something up with her.  Turns out, the mail carrier was robbed of his wallet, shoes, and pants.  The criminal made him remove is pants while the mail carrier delivered letters to a southeast Memphis apartment complex.  It was a frustrating, violating, and humiliating crime.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Crime Victim's Mistake: Reminder For Others

Crime victim's mistake is a reminder to others

The theft victim in this story got our attention by tagging us on Facebook.  She had posted surveillance video of two women stealing from her van while she was inside a vet's office.  She had left her purse on the seat and the doors unlocked.  She admitted that was a mistake.  But she still wanted help getting the word out about the theft.  I used a co-worker's purse and my car in the live shot to help illustrate what people should never do.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Tax Issues Prompt New Daisy Closure

New Daisy Theater Tax Problems

We got wind of this story from a viewer who sent a photo of the New Daisy Theater's front doors.  They had padlocks on them and warning signs in the windows.  The Tennessee Department of Revenue shut down the venue due to "nonpayment of taxes."  It came as a surprise because the New Daisy held its grand re-opening just days before.  No one was talking about how much tax money may have been owed.  One of the venue's new owners did issue a statement.. Promising it would re-open.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Patient Becomes Theft Victim Inside ER

VIctims credit cards stolen in ER

This story idea came from the Memphis Police Department Facebook page.  That's where a lot of news is generated these days.  Most police departments post BOLO's and other items on a daily basis.  The post we saw featured a surveillance photo of a woman wanted for stealing from a patient as she was being treated in the Methodist University Hospital emergency room.  I used the photo in the attached story.  Meanwhile, we went to the hospital and got reaction from visitors about the crime.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

MPD To Burglary Victims: Get A German Shepherd

Couple's home burglarized days before their wedding

A couple whose home was recently burglarized contacted the station about their story.  Crooks broke in days before their wedding.  Gifts were among the items stolen.  But that's only part of the story.  They claimed responding officers took too long and then told them they were on their own.  One officer even suggested they get a German Shepherd since police can't adequately keep an eye on things.  The couple said the officers blamed recent budget cuts and the departure of many officers.  MPD disputed the concerns by saying each precinct is fully staffed, despite a drop in the overall compliment of officers.