This is the shocking moment a mob of 40 people looted a FedEx truck while it was stopped at a red light in Memphis, Tennessee.
The looting incident
Around 8:30pm Saturday, a 53-foot trailer was ransacked while it sat in traffic at the intersection of Riverport Road and West Mallory Avenue.
After the driver reported the theft, the Memphis police arrived and saw vehicles speeding away recklessly along with a number of boxes thrown across the road.
How the truck was raided
The truck driver told the police that cars blocked the intersection just before a group of men broke open the sealed back door and looted the trailer.
Some arrests have been made
Three men have since been detained after the raging group caused nearly $10,000 in damages – and stole numerous items such as Kicker Speakers, a box of air liners and three DirectTV cable boxes.
A video of the theft starts with the large group grabbing random packages from the partially open back door of the truck.
A mountain of brown boxes stacked on top of each other are quickly stolen by the thieves, some taking more than one at a time.
As the thieves run away with the merchandise, some of it falls to the ground in front of cars stuck in the traffic jam created by the scene.
Nearly every looter has a hood or face covering on as drivers nearby watch in amazement and some even laugh at the incident.
The savage group soon gets the entire back door open as boxes spill out of the tractor-trailer and contents are revealed.
The video then cuts to one of the robbers walking toward cars with a package in each hand as the person behind the camera laughs.
The driver tries to escape
‘Man, now he trying to move,’ the man behind the camera says as the truck driver tries to escape the mayhem.
As the video ends, the driver manages to move forward but looters keep on taking from the truck.
The thieves managed to break through the truck’s safety latch with an unknown tool.
Fox 13 revealed around 2.30am Sunday officers received a call from Breezy Point Apartments security who said that they had detained three people.
How police caught some bad men
The security guards told Memphis police that while the apartment complex was on lockdown, they noticed the men inside a white Chevrolet.
They added the vehicle smelled of marijuana as security asked the men to identify themselves just before they searched the car.
Security then told police the three men reportedly confessed to taking items from the FedEx truck just hours before.
When police arrived at the complex, the men told them that the items they had were taken from the street and not directly from the truck.
Reports revealed that the items found in the car consisted of four Kicker Speakers 6X9, one 14-piece pot and pan set, one vehicle headlight, along with a box of air liners and three DirectTV cable boxes.