A man allegedly breaking into a Pine Street home escaped from police officers by jumping out of a high window onto the roof of a home next door, authorities said.
A neighbor called police around 1:30 p.m. Monday about a possible burglary in progress in the 200 block of Pine Street, said Lt. Shaun Ferguson of the NOPD Second District investigations unit. When officers arrived, they saw a man emerge from a high second-story window, then jump onto the roof of an adjacent house before escaping into the block, Ferguson said.
Officers quickly surrounded the block bounded by Pine, Prytania, Lowerline and Pitt, Ferguson said, and a police dog was called in to help with the search. The suspect — last seen wearing a black hoodie and khaki shorts — could not be found, however, and the streets were reopened shortly after 3 p.m.
Some of the residents’ belongings were determined to have been taken, Ferguson said, so detectives are now focusing on other ways to identify the suspect. Anyone who lives in the area and has a private security camera is asked to review their video footage, and to call Second District detectives at 658-6020 with any information that may help, or CrimeStoppers at 822-1111 to leave an anonymous tip that could be eligible for a cash reward.