Tree service employees robbed in broad daylight

Published: May. 4, 2023 at 7:34 AM CDT|Updated: May. 4, 2023 at 6:53 PM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Crime continues to affect people across the City of Memphis, and workers for a local tree trimming service say they were robbed in broad daylight.

The incident has employees shaken up and now warning others to stay alert while on the job.

Employees at that local tree trimming service do not want to be identified, but the man that was robbed first thoughts were, “Am I going to die?”

According to a police report, two employees were working when they were approached by about six men in two different cars.

The men were driving a black Infiniti and a possible dark-colored Jeep.

The report says all the men were armed with pistols demanded cash and stole “STIHL” chainsaws worth nearly $5,000.

An employee we spoke to says he’s lived in Memphis all his life and he says he’s never seen the crime this bad.

“Something’s got to be done, I know the police can’t do anything about it because it happens so sporadically but instead of letting these guys out of jail keep them there, enforce these laws. Armed robbery is not something to mess with,” said an anonymous employee.

The employee is now advising people to constantly be aware of their surroundings even while working.

“I know it’s hard whenever you’re into the job and you’re working, but you gotta keep your head moving around and if somebody stops all of sudden, run,” he said.

The police report also says the employees threw a brick cracking the windshield of the black Infiniti before both vehicles fled the scene.

The employee also said that workers at a local gravel truck company were robbed at gunpoint two days ago.

Police did recover evidence from the scene and the employees tell me they’re hopeful the men responsible will be caught soon.

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