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Four men arrested in connection with local auto burglaries

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Last week, Germantown police apprehended four men linked to the recent rash of car burglaries.

On Tuesday, officers responded to a call regarding an auto burglary in progress on the 7300 block of Bellville.

Two men fled the scene on foot when officers arrived. The suspects were located a short time later and identified as Jeremiah Smith, 23, and Louis Carlisle, 31, of Memphis. Both men have been charged in connection with five auto burglaries and associated thefts that were reported on Sept. 13. They have also been linked to seven previously reported auto burglaries and one aggravated burglary.

Charges are pending in those cases.

Germantown police responded to an auto burglary in-progress at 3 a.m. on Sept. 16 on the 8100 block of Savannah Way. Two suspects were reportedly seen breaking into a work truck and leaving the scene in a gold Chevrolet Suburban.

Officers located the vehicle on C.D. Smith Road. The suspects exited the vehicle and ran through the back yard of a residence. The suspects were taken into custody a short time later and have been identified as Terrance Kirk, 37, and William Canada, 33, of Memphis.

Approximately $10,000 in stolen power tools and construction equipment was recovered from inside the suspects’ vehicle. The recovered property was linked to the auto burglary on Savannah Way and a theft in Shelby County earlier in the morning.

Both men have been charged with burglary, evading arrest, possession of burglary tools and theft of property over $1,000 in relation to the auto burglary.

Detectives are following up with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and additional charges are pending.

Detectives also executed a search warrant on the vehicle driven by the suspect regarding auto burglaries reported on Sept. 14. The search yielded numerous electronic items, identification documents and two handguns. These items have been linked to four additional auto burglaries in Germantown, as well as eight thefts that occurred in Memphis.