By Claire Byun
There’s been an uptick in auto thefts around the New Orleans Police Department’s First District over the last week, though officials said those crimes were spread out across the district.
First District officials reported nine auto thefts over the last week compared to seven from the week prior. Some of last week’s crime trend was probably perpetrated by the same person, police said, but this week the crimes are spread out.
Sgt. Kenny Temple, who oversees property crimes in the First District, said there were 36 reported property crimes over the last week. Seventeen of those were thefts, and two were residential burglaries.
One of those home burglaries occurred on the 2600 block of Bayou Road in a house currently under renovation. The suspects smashed a glass French door and stole tools from a padlocked closet, Temple said. Suspects from the second burglary, off the 1500 block of North Broad Street, made off with checks, jewelry and an electronic tablet. Officials are still searching for the suspects in both cases.
“There’s been no activity from the checks and the tablet doesn’t have tracking software,” Temple said.
The number of persons crimes stayed stable from past weeks, including one purse snatching and a simple robbery. Police responded to an assault on the 100 block of North Rocheblave where a victim was beaten up by several men after an attempted drug deal, said Sgt. Gary Lewis.
First District officers also responded to an armed robbery on the 3200 block of Canal where the victim was walking home from friend’s house and stopped to look into building, Lewis said. An unknown man approached the victim, demanded money, then stole her purse and wallet.
There was another armed robbery near the Broad Theater involving two suspects on bikes, Lewis said. One of the suspects approached the male victim and asked for a light when the second suspect pointed a gun at the female victim. The suspects got away with $46 in cash, a pink Gucci purse and a phone.
Officers said they’re planning heavier patrols in the area around the theater since there have been several robberies in the neighborhood.