By Claire Byun
New Orleans Police Department’s First District hasn’t responded to any armed robberies over the past two weeks, though persons crime has almost double over the last four weeks.
First District reported 34 incidents of persons crime – which involves homicides, armed robberies and assaults – over the last four weeks. There were only 17 persons crimes total over the previous four weeks, First District Commander Hans Ganthier said.
An increase in theft and homicide is a factor, Ganthier said.
“We’ve had about eight compared to two or three this time last year,” Ganthier said. One of those murders may have been due to retribution, police said.
Craig Bryant was killed Tuesday on the 300 block of Jane Place, in the second Mid-City murder in three days. Officers had put out a warrant for Bryant the day before his death for an aggravated assault charge, Ganthier said.
“That was more retaliation than anything else, we think,” Ganthier said.
Officers responded to five reports of simple robbery last week and the report of a man whose dog was stolen was changed to a complaint, since the victim could not verifyy his dog was actually stolen. Police also issued a warrant for a woman connected to a Feb. 11 armed robbery.
As for property crimes, First District responded to 30 incidents over the last week. There were two simple burglaries and seven auto burglaries, three of which occurred in the same area. Sgt. Kenny Temple said police suspect the same perpetrator for those three incidents because they all had the same pattern.
“They all had a smash and grab with miscellaneous items taken from vehicles,” Temple said.
There were eight auto thefts last week and only one has been recovered, Temple said. First District has struggled with a rash of auto thefts for months, and officers always request citizens lock their vehicle doors and keep valuables out of sight.
First District officials meet every Tuesday to go over weekly crime statistics. The meeting is open to the public and beings at 1 p.m. at the First District Station, 501 N. Rampart St.