Robbers hit trucking company, surgery and church in crime spree

| 8/2/2002

Early Tuesday morning two men armed with sawed-off shotguns went on a six-hour crime spree in the southern and eastern parts of Memphis, TN. The first robbery occurred at Howard Baer Trucking Co., at 12:25 a.m., the last at a Steak and Ale restaurant, at about 6:20 a.m.

During their spree the two robbers held up two truckdrivers, two men getting out of their cars at home -- one of them unloading groceries, a 90-year-old man attending 6:15 a.m. mass, a man putting newspapers in a sales rack outside a restaurant and a doctor opening his clinic. In each of the robberies, the men pointed sawed-off shotguns at intended victims and demanded personal items -- wallets, credit cards, jewelry, cell phones and pagers.

According to a Memphis online news source, police announced in a press conference Tuesday afternoon they had formed a task force to find the robbers. Investigators said the robbers used a stolen 1988 Buick Skylark during their crimes. Reportedly, that car was abandoned about noon, where they apparently stole another car -- a silver 1992 Buick Century with Tennessee tags, HBY-847.

The men were last seen in the Century on Ridgeway Boulevard. Police described one robber as a black man, about 30, 5-foot 6-inches, 135 pounds with braids. He wore jeans, a blue and white T-shirt, white shoes and a gold necklace. He had a multi-colored scarf over his face. The second man is described as a black man, 25-40, tall, slim, wearing a white plaid shirt, dark pants, bald with a light beard.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-2274.