Kids breaking into vehicles are after guns, police say

(via NOPD)

The reason behind the profusion of vehicle break-ins in New Orleans, according to the New Orleans Police Department First District, is guns.

The district’s top officers announced Tuesday (Aug. 30) that so far this year, 127 guns have been stolen in the First District, which includes most of Mid-City, Faubourg St. John and Treme. That’s 127 guns on the street in the hands of criminals.

A snapshot of crimes reported in the First District was released after the district’s weekly Max (Management Analytics for Excellence) meeting on Tuesday (Aug. 30). They include crimes committed last week, Aug. 21-27.

A stolen gun was found on a suspect last week in front of the Shell station on Tulane Avenue and Norman Francis Parkway. According to police, he tried to conceal his waistline when he noticed an officer was nearby.

It nonetheless revealed the imprint of a concealed firearm. The man was detained, and the stolen firearm was confiscated. 

Vehicle burglaries

On Saturday (Aug. 27) a gun was stolen from a car at 633 S. Roman St., near Poydras, police said.

Car burglars also got a backpack Saturday from a car at Toulouse and North Cortez streets, an iPhone from a car in the 600 block of South Scott Street, and a bag from a car at South Scott and Ulloa Street.

A car in the 500 block of Moss was broken into Saturday, but nothing was stolen.

On Monday (Aug. 22), four car burglaries were reported in Mid-City. Money orders were stolen from a car in the 2600 block of Palmyra.

The perpetrators did not take anything in three of the break-ins: at 317 S. Clark and 3518 Banks and in the 100 block of South Norman Francis Parkway.

“Notice the number of vehicles broken into with nothing missing. It is because most automobile burglars are looking for one thing,” the Max report states. “We continue to have guns taken from vehicles. Please spread the word that vehicle burglars are primarily looking for guns when they smash windows. If we keep leaving them for the criminals to take, they will continue ‘shopping’ for them.” 

Police also warned citizens not to confront vehicle burglars, though many are young teenagers. “These criminals are not afraid to use a gun on you, which no doubt they got from another vehicle,” the report says..

Vehicle thefts

Three vehicles were stolen on Saturday in and near Mid-City. A 2018 Dodge Ram was taken from the 1600 block of Tonti Street, near the Lafitte Greenway in the Treme-Lafitte area.

A 2014 Nissan Optima was also stolen in the 4000 block of Baudin Street, and a 2019 Hyundai Electra was stolen in the 2600 block of Palmyra. The Hyundai has since been recovered.

The First District Max meetings are not open to the public. Residents are encouraged to join the district’s monthly New Orleans Neighborhood Police Anti-Crime Council (NONPACC) meetings, held on the third Tuesday of each month.

Next month the public meeting will be on Sept. 20 at a location to be determined. The meetings begin at 6 p.m.. The locations are announced on the NOPD First District’s Facebook page.

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