MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A big crime bust revealed a family affair. Five people, including a mother and son were arrested Tuesday.
Memphis Police said they found high-powered rifles, several stolen cars and drugs. Two FOX13 investigations offered an inside look into the department’s Auto Theft Task Force and the prevalence of illegal guns and accessories, like glock switches, in Memphis.
“I’m not pleased with the things going on in the city of Memphis,” said Louise Brown of Memphis.
Markeshia Burse, Brandyn Burse, Stanley Reese, Brandon Wallace and Marterrius Ali are at the center of a huge bust involving the Auto Theft Task Force.
”It’s real bad in the city of Memphis at this time,” said Brown.
According to a sworn affidavit, Memphis Police found eight cars reported stolen over the last year crossing state lines. So, what tipped investigators?
We’re told a black Dodge Charger parked in front of a house in the 1609 block of Lookout Road. The back window was broken and it had a plastic bag covering it. It also had Texas tags that didn’t belong to the car.
MPD’s Auto Theft Task Force, or ATTF, said these are signs the car may be stolen.
“Oh no, that’s bad. That’s very bad,” said Mary Greenleaf of Memphis.
But, that’s not all. Investigators said they found seven other stolen cars on the property. One was reported stolen nearly a year ago and another was reported stolen across the state line in Southaven, Mississippi.
“Jacking and stealing cars and all of that in the last two years has gotten bad,” said Greenleaf.
We’re told ATTF also confiscated several weapons. To name a few: a Draco, AR-15 Butt Stock and Polymer 80 with a full auto switch.
Many in the neighborhood are disappointed that a mother, Markeshia Burse, is accused of setting this example for her son, Marterrihs London.
“The mom has to have respect first and then the son will have respect,” said Greenleaf.
Markeshia Burse and her son Marterrihs London, as well as, Stanley Reese are back on the streets. We’re told they posted bond. Branson Wallace and Brandyn Burse are still locked up.
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