A series of “bait bike” stings on lower Magazine Street and St. Charles Avenue led to the arrests of three men on Thursday — including one man with a robbery record who tried to fight the officers and another who was already wanted in connection with a burglary charge, police said.
On Thursday, a task force led by NOPD Sixth District Sgt. Gary Calico chose three locations based on theft trends over the last six weeks and placed an unlocked vehicle at each, according to his report. The results were as follows:
- Magazine and St. Andrew: James Jackson, 18, was arrested within 45 minutes. Jackson is known to police as an associate of one of the Sixth District’s most frequent burglars, Calico wrote. He was charged with a single count of theft.
- Saint Charles Avenue and Clio Street: Glen J. Lewis Jr., 36, first tried to flee from officers and then attacked them, but no one was seriously hurt arresting him, Calico wrote. Lewis has a pending burglary case from the Second District, but also has an arrest record that includes robbery, rape, drugs, burglary and theft, and fighting with police, Calico reported. Lewis was charged with theft, resisting an officer and two counts of battery on an officer.
- Saint Charles Avenue and Howard Avenue: The last suspect arrested, Bobby Hoofkin, 54, was also wanted on a court warrant relating to a burglary charge, Calico wrote. Hoofkin also has a lengthy history of felony property crimes, Calico reported.
Thursday’s results show the significance of the bait bike operations, Sixth District Commander Bob Bardy said afterward — not so much that the district is focusing on bicycle thieves, but that the stings take repeat offenders with current outstanding charges off the streets.