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Two vehicles stolen within hours of each other in Bayou St. John area

Two vehicle thefts were reported Wednesday (March 31) in the Bayou St. John neighborhood.

The first occurred at mid-day in the 1300 block of White Street, near Esplanade Avenue. A man took a 30-year-old woman’s wallet, which contained the keys to her car, the New Orleans Police Department reported.

He later returned and drove off in her car, a white Mazda 3 with Louisiana license plate ZSB 348.

At about 5:25 p.m., a carpenter on a job in the 1000 block of North Lopez Street, between St. Philip Street and Ursulines Avenue, was loading his tools into his sport utility vehicle, according to an email from Sarah Usdin that was confirmed by the NOPD.

As he was loading it, the SUV — a gray Toyota Highlander — was running and a white Mazda pulled up. Someone got out of the Mazda and started driving off in the SUV.

When the carpenter went to get in his Highlander, the thief sped off and dragged him down the street in the stolen vehicle until he was able to get clear. He was taken to the hospital to be treated.

The carpenter’s work tools were inside the stolen Toyota Highlander. An accomplice to the SUV theft was in what appeared to be a white Mazda compact sedan with temporary tags.

Further details were not immediately available. Anyone with information is urged to call the NOPD First District station at 504-658-6010 to speak to a detective, or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 to leave an anonymous tip that could be eligible for a cash reward.

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