A resident in the 500 block of Hillary Street walked out of her bedroom around 10:30 a.m. Oct. 17 and found a man in the hallway, according to a NOPD news release. She asked what he was doing, and he said he was looking for work, the report states. He then lifted up his shirt, said he didn’t steal anything, and ran out of the house, the report states.
NOPD Second District detectives subsequently identified the man as 48-year-old David Taylor, and located him Thursday shortly after obtaining an arrest warrant for unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling, the release states. Taylor is on parole until 2018 for a 2008 charge of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling, the release states.
“He is believed to be responsible for several residence burglaries in the Tulane University area, primarily along the west side of campus, usually along the Broadway corridor,” according to a Tulane University Police crime alert. “Entry to the residences has purportedly been through unlocked doors and windows and on occasion the resident has walked in and observed the subject.”
Tulane Police superintendent Jon Barnwell also cautioned students to be more vigilant in locking their homes.
“Unless we are careful and cognizant of our surroundings, we can unknowingly leave ourselves vulnerable to crime,” Barnwell wrote in an email to students. “We have had reports of students forgetting to lock their doors at their off-campus apartments, particularly on the west side of campus, only to discover their property has been stolen from inside their homes.”
Anyone with additional information about the case should call the NOPD Second District at 658-6020.
[Note: This article was first published at 3:56 p.m. Thursday and updated subsequently with details of Taylor's arrest and the comments from Tulane.]