Detectives close in on Magazine Street purse snatchers

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Investigators are searching for the above woman in connection with a purse theft at the Rendezvous bar on Magazine Street. She was seen driving the depicted car, a silver or gray four-door 2000 Chevrolet Malibu with hub caps missing on the passenger side.

Investigators believe they are closing in on the people behind a series of purse snatchings on Magazine Street, but a trend of bicycle thefts is now emerging there.The purses are being snatched by a small number of different individuals, some but not all of whom may be working together, officers said at the NOPD’s weekly Sixth District meeting. One woman was caught on video at the Rendezvous bar, and another woman of lighter build has been implicated in a different set of purse snatchings, said Sgt. Yolanda Jenkins.

On the Uptown side of Magazine Street, Second District detectives have identified a separate suspect in the purse snatchings, Sgt. Marc Amos said Wednesday. Between both ends of Magazine Street, Amos said this man – who has not yet been arrested – may be responsible for dozens of thefts.

Meanwhile, officers have been walking Magazine Street, suggesting to patrons that they not leave their purses hanging off the backs of their chairs, Jenkins said.

“If more restaurants had videotape, that would help,” Jenkins said. “If people, when they got up to go to the bathroom would take their purses with them, that would help more.”

Magazine Street has also seen a string of bicycle thefts of late, some carelessly left unlocked and others locked but stolen with bolt cutters, Jenkins said. Capt. Robert Bardy suggested that investigators seek the help of restaurants with video surveillance in keeping tabs on nearby bicycle racks.

Anyone with information should call the Sixth District at 658-6060.

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