Crime Report: Auto burglaries drop, NOPD seeks vehicles used in shoplifting
Third District property crimes for last week came to 39, compared to a total of 63 property crimes the previous week, according to New Orleans Police. Sergeant Jason Hickman tracked current auto burglary trends and suspects during Tuesday’s (June 20) weekly meeting with ranking officers.
Auto burglaries for last week totaled eleven, 17 less than previous week. Three of the auto burglaries last week had keys left in the car, and two of the cars had keys left in the ignition. Another NOPD district recovering a car led to the issuing of an arrest warrant for a suspect tied with the Fifth District crew responsible for auto burglaries in the Third District.
Officers are also asking for the public’s help in locating two vehicles responsible for shoplifting incidents. The first vehicle is a green Mazda with the license plate “210AYK,” and it has been known to be near a crime scene around lunch time. The second vehicle is a blue ford Cadillac with the license plate “YJS498”.
“Both those vehicles have hit us about twice so far each,” Hickman said. “Usually it’s a black male going in there and stealing bottles of tie laundry detergent on both of them.”
The current Third District issues with auto burglaries mostly stem from zones R, T, and U in the last week, says Sgt. Hickman.
“And it looks like it’s starting to make a trend of that,” Hickman said. “That’s going to be your daytime, early afternoon auto burglaries involving teenagers and juveniles walking down the street pulling on door handles.”
The bottom section of the Third District—near Moss, Caton, and Trafalgar Streets—is where at least three witnesses are saying auto burglary suspects appear to be black males aged 40 to 50.
Hickman said that in this June, zones D and H in the Mid-City area are other places to be cautious of auto burglaries, as most have been happening there overnight.
According to Hickman, zones Y, X, Q, P, and M are the areas with the most day time property crimes like simple burglaries, residential burglaries, and auto burglaries.
Four residential burglaries were reported last week, with three of the four likely occurred around lunch time hours. Hickman said two of these burglaries were reported in zone M and are likely related, with both incidents having unlocked doors and windows. The Third District hopes to have fingerprint analysis come in from a back window the suspect used to gain entry to one of the zone M residents.
Hickman ended his property crimes report by telling fellow officers that zone N and T are where they need to look out for, now that they have pushed those crimes more out of zone R.