Calhoun Street car burglaries caught on video

The New Orleans Police Department is seeking to identify suspects seen on surveillance video burglarizing a vehicle in the 500 block of Calhoun Street in two incidents, both occurring on Nov. 2. The first burglary incident,  at 12:31 a.m.  A white Audi vehicle was used by the suspects in this incident. In the second incident, at 1:55 a.m., a white Ford F-150 truck was used. Anyone with information on these incidents is asked to contact Second District detectives at 504-658-6020 or call anonymously to Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll-free at 877-903-STOP.

Calhoun Street home mocks Obama again with new sign

After quietly taking down a large sign that created controversy in September with its depiction of the President in diapers, Calhoun Street homeowner Timothy Reily now has a new billboard that portrays Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder both as fairy-tale character Pinocchio, whose nose grows when he lies. “Liar, liar,” the sign reads, according to a new report by our partners at WWL-TV, while the cartoon Holder tells the president, “Your pants are on fire.”

Calhoun Street water leak repaired, but street damage remains

Although the Sewerage and Water Board quickly repaired a leak that was flooding the 2300 block of Calhoun Street with gushing water, they left a hole filled with loose rocks in its place and did not address the more serious problems with the cracked and sinking roadway, Bill Capo of our partners at WWL-TV finds in this followup:

Three Uptown robberies — near bank, near campus, at drug store — reported within four hours

A man was robbed at gunpoint while leaving a bank that was subject to a similar robbery two weeks ago, and a Tulane police officer was injured chasing a suspect in a separate robbery moments later Wednesday morning, authorities said. And a third robbery attempt was reported Wednesday afternoon at the Walgreens on St. Charles Avenue at Felicity Street, though details of that case were not immediately available. In the first case, a man was leaving the Capital One bank on Claiborne near Calhoun around 9:30 a.m. when he was approached by a gunman who demanded his money, said Lt. Chuck Little, dayshift commander for the NOPD’s Uptown-based Second District. The second case took place before 10 a.m. near Freret and Calhoun, and appears from initial reports to have been a simple robbery, such as an iPhone snatching, Little said.

Businessman robbed at gunpoint on the way to Claiborne Avenue bank

A businessman was robbed at gunpoint Friday morning as he attempted to make a deposit at a Claiborne Avenue bank, and while investigators do not believe he was followed or targeted, they are searching for video in the area that may help identify his assailant. The victim had parked his car about 9:50 a.m. and was walking to the Capital One branch on South Claiborne Avenue near Calhoun Street to make a business deposit when a stranger approached and tried to grab the bag he was carrying with the money in it off his back, said Sgt. Chris Billiot of the NOPD Second District persons-crimes division. A struggle ensued, and the robber pulled a gun, then made off with the bag, Billiot said. The victim does not seem to have been followed to the bank, and in fact hadn’t even planned on going there, he told detectives.

Signs mocking Obama on Calhoun draw protests

The signs — which depict President Obama as a crying baby demanding “change,” a dunce and a puppet — drew protesters across Calhoun Street, as well as a visit from former Mayor Ray Nagin, according to our reporting partners at WWL-TV. Homeowner Timothy Reily declined to speak about the signs, but Councilwoman Susan Guidry said she was investigating whether they constituted a violation of city zoning ordinances.

Second District releases details on three recent Uptown robberies

Second District investigators have released additional details on three recent Uptown robberies described earlier this week. According to Lt. Mike Montalbano:

On September 5, 2010 at approximately 5:40 pm the victim was walking in the 4500 block of Saint Charles. At that time she was approached by an unknown black male who snatched her cellular phone from her hand and fled on Saint Charles making good his escape. The suspect is described as black male 5’6, 30 to 40 years of age. On September 8, 2010 at approximately 12:41 am the victim exited her vehicle in the 4700 block of Carondelet.