Wanted Teen Gang Leader Evades Capture After Massive Tennessee Car Burglary Bust; Six Arrested!

Memphis, Tennessee — A recent investigation by the Covington Police Department (CPD) led to the arrest of six youths suspected of involvement in a series of vehicle burglaries.

According to Wreg, Between June 11 and 14, the CPD received numerous reports of vehicles being ransacked, resulting in the theft of approximately $4,500 worth of items, including seven firearms. The burglars also caused about $1,800 in damages. Witnesses reported seeing male suspects entering the residential area and leaving in two vehicles, identified as a blue Chevy Cruz and a gray Nissan Altima.

On June 13, the Tipton County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) issued a BOLO (Be On the Lookout) alert for a Nissan Altima connected to an attempted vehicle burglary in Terrytown. CPD officers located the vehicle in Covington and identified the registered owner. They then coordinated with the TCSO to tow the car for forensic processing related to the burglaries.

During a search of the area, officers found a bag in a dumpster containing two stolen electronic items. A subsequent search warrant executed at the home of the vehicle’s owner led to the discovery of more stolen property from the various burglaries. Additionally, items linked to a gang-related incident near Frazier Park were recovered.

In connection with the gang-related incident, a 16-year-old boy was arrested and charged with possession of a stolen weapon, carrying a weapon on school grounds, illegal possession of a weapon, and evading arrest.

Through their investigation, CPD Intelligence Analysts identified the owner of the Chevy Cruz as another 16-year-old boy. Working together, CPD and TCSO detectives identified six suspects in the auto burglary ring, including five youths aged 15 to 17 and 18-year-old Broderick Royster. Royster, who resides in Shelby County, is currently wanted by the CPD. He is described as 5’8″, 130 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes and may be armed.

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Anyone with information about Royster’s whereabouts is urged to contact the Covington Police Department at 901-475-1261 or the Tipton County Sheriff’s Office at 901-475-3300.

According to reports from WREG, all suspects involved in the vehicle burglaries are members of the Vice Lord gang. The juveniles face multiple charges, including eight counts of vehicle burglary and eight counts of vandalism.

“I extend my gratitude to the VCU (Violent Crime Unit) team, CPD detectives, officers, deputies, and analysts for their swift work in identifying the suspects. The cooperation of residents who observed suspicious activity and promptly reported it was crucial in solving this case,” stated Chief Donna Turner. “This is a prime example of effective police work prioritizing community safety. We have noticed increased gang activity and are actively monitoring social media and individuals known for criminal involvement. The VCU continues to work with neighboring counties to prevent violence in Tipton County.”

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