24-year-old Darius Cox was charged with two counts of burglary, two counts of theft of property, vandalism, and criminal attempted burglary after attempting to steal from three separate cell phone stores in the span of two hours.
On June 15th, a burglary was reportedly attempted at the Boost Mobile located at 1722 Winchester Road. According to the affidavit, the subject attempted to break into the business by turning off the store’s power and destroying the bars blocking the front door. The estimated total of the damage caused by the guilty party was valued at less than $1,000.
Shortly after the first call of burglary, officers were dispatched to Metro PCS at 215 East Shelby Drive in regards to a reported prowler. Upon arrival, law enforcement observed the store’s front glass window to be broken out. Surveillance footage revealed that three individuals destroyed the glass and entered the store. The parties involved proceeded to steal display phones from the business. The value of the phones was estimated to total less than $1,000.
Less than two hours later, officers received a call regarding an alarm being set at another Metro PCS store located on 3254 Elvis Presley Blvd. When law enforcement arrived at the scene, four individuals were observed standing by a Ford Escape next to the business. The four subjects darted in opposite directions upon noticing police arrival, per report. Officers discovered a box with various Metro PCS accessories inside the vehicle as well as additional property from the businesses. The estimated total of the merchandise inside the box was valued under $1,000. The Escape was then towed to the Memphis city lot.
The owner of the SUV would later report the vehicle as stolen. After identifying the last known driver of the Escape as Darius Cox, law enforcement brought the man to the General Investigation Bureau for further questioning. Upon arrival to Raines Station, Cox would be read his Miranda rights, of which he waived. Cox confessed to being involved in all three reported burglaries from the night before.
Darius Cox was arrested and charged with two counts of burglary, two counts of theft of property, vandalism, and criminal attempted burglary. He was later released on his own recognizance.