Friday, December 3, 2010

Suspects caught on camera breaking into MLGW payment kiosks

A story ran on WMC-TV last night about thefts at our payment kiosks.

See the video here

Suspects caught on camera breaking into MLGW payment kiosks
By Jamel Major

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - At least four suspects were caught on camera breaking into MLGW kiosks and stealing customer payments.

Surveillance video showed one of the four suspects who police said broke into the two MLGW payment kiosks.

The first incident happened around 10:00 p.m. Saturday, November 13 at a kiosk in the 1100 block of East Shelby Drive. The thieves struck again around 1:00 a.m. Sunday, November 14 at a kiosk in the 2900 block of Lamar Avenue.

"We know that some suspects entered those areas at those two locations, broke in and came away with money," said Glen Thomas with MLGW.

Thomas said customers who used the kiosk will not have to worry.

"No checks were taken, only cash," said Thomas. "All of those cash payments were in our system already when the customers entered it and put the cash in the machine, and so everyone got full credit for the payments they made."

MLGW has since taken all four of its area kiosk locations out of service as a safety precaution. Thomas said it is an opportunity to examine security procedures while the police investigation is underway.

"We will be looking into increased lighting at the community offices and also enhanced video surveillance," Thomas.

Police asked if you have seen any of the suspect or have any information that can help authorities solve the crime, call Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH.

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