Man with one leg steals car, burglarizes home, breaks into MPD car within 24 hours, police say

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A one-legged man had a busy 24 hours, according to the Memphis Police Department (MPD).

MPD said that 36-year-old Christopher Swearengen first broke into a woman’s home on South Rembert on January 22, 2023.

That woman told police that she returned home to find a broken bathroom window and a blue wheelchair in her backyard. She left the home and returned the next day to find the house ransacked, police said.

When she looked next door to her burglarized home, she told police she saw the one-legged Swearengen sitting in a blue wheelchair next to a blue Buick Century. The woman argued with Swearengen and that she saw one of her pillows in the backseat of that car before Swearengen drove away. According to police, Swearengen also took a tablet and a laptop from the woman’s home.

That car Swearengen drove off in, the blue Buick Century, was actually stolen from a parking garage on Eastmoreland Street earlier that day, according to Memphis Police.

Later on Monday the 23rd, MPD said Swearengen broke into another car, a Memphis Police car.

The officer whose car was broken into said that Memphis Police Department clothing and law enforcement equipment was stolen from the police cruiser.

The next day, January 24th, officers said they spotted that stolen Buick Century at the intersection of Peabody and Florence Street.

When officers stopped the stolen vehicle, they said they found Swearengen along with the stolen pillow, laptop, tablet and Memphis Police Department clothing and equipment.

Swearengen was charged with aggravated burglary, burglary of a motor vehicle, theft of property between $2,500 and $10,000, theft of property $1,000 - $2,500 and theft of property $1,000 or less.