Mar 092017

(File photo by Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Auto burglaries increased last week around Mid-City, though armed robberies slowed down a bit over Mardi Gras.

The New Orleans Police Department’s First District met Tuesday to recap crime trends around the district over the past week. Commander Hans Ganthier said that other than a few major incidents, it’s been pretty quiet around the district.

On Wednesday, a 16-year-old was shot 13 times near Birdie’s convenience store on 1233 N. Broad St. The teenager is still alive and remains in surgery, Ganthier said, and officers are still investigating the incident.

Officers are also still investigating a purse snatching involving three black men and a Hispanic woman, according to Sgt. Gary Lewis. Police have video of that incident and are working to identify the suspects.

First District also investigated 6 armed robberies this week compared to 13 the year before, Lewis said. His squad is working to identify the problem areas and patrol them with more vigilance, especially since the armed robbery clearance rate is around 65 percent.

“We want to go higher than that,” Lewis said.

Property crime increased somewhat over the week, especially auto burglaries and simple robberies. Sgt. Kenny Temple said of the 13 vehicle burglaries last week, two victims left their keys in their cars. Since auto burglary has been one of the worst offenders in the district this year, Temple said his team is going to prioritize those crimes.

Officers reported 54 auto burglaries total this year compared to 47 last year, with a rise in auto thefts as well.

“The thefts are easier to report now with the online system, so we really have to put something together to get at that,” Ganthier said.

First District officials hold their weekly crime recap meeting every Tuesday at 1 p.m. at district headquarters, 501 N. Rampart St. The meeting is open to the public.

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