NOPD commander says there’s little cops can do to stem car break-ins

By Nicholas Reimann, Uptown Messenger

When it comes to stopping the surge of vehicle break-ins plaguing New Orleans, there is little that police can do, NOPD Second District Commander Jeff Walls told a packed crowd at a community meeting Thursday at the NOLA VFW hall on Lyons Street. “Your frustration is our frustration,” he said. “The anger that I have about this — you have no idea,” Walls said. According to a report by The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate, crime statistics showed vehicle break-ins for 2019 were on pace to exceed 2018 numbers by 57%, with the number of vehicle break-ins increasing in New Orleans by 160% since 2015. The commander largely blamed the city’s problem on Juvenile Court judges, who he says put juvenile vehicle burglars — which make up a large portion of the offenders — back on the streets, in many cases within a day of their arrest.

Suspects sought in Uptown vehicle burglaries, package thefts

The New Orleans Police Department released photos from vehicle burglaries and package thefts in Uptown neighborhoods during the past month. On Jan. 21, drivers parked in a lot near Willow Street and South Carrollton Avenue returned to their cars to find their windows had been smashed during the commission of vehicle burglaries. The photos above were taken at about 9:24 a.m. on the day of the break-ins and burglaries. Police say the man pictured riding a bike is a suspect.

Police seeking stolen Jeep Cherokee used in Uptown vehicle burglaries

The New Orleans Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a vehicle and its occupants, believed to be responsible for multiple vehicle burglary incidents in the Second District. On Jan. 1, the pictured gray 2019 Jeep Cherokee Latitude bearing California license plate 8FJR325 was identified as the perpetrators’ vehicle in numerous vehicle burglaries on Uptown streets. The vehicle was eported stolen from the First District in an incident that occurred in December. The incidents occurred between 5:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. on New Year’s Day.

Police seek help finding suspects in vehicle burglaries; two handguns stolen from cars

The New Orleans Police Department is searching for suspects and vehicles linked to Uptown vehicle burglaries on Dec. 17, 19, 22 and 23. At 12:04 a.m. on Dec. 17, a suspect, pictured above, was seen in the 3700 block of Upperline Street driving the pictured mid-2000s model Toyota Tundra with stickers on the rearview mirror and a tool box in the back. The vehicle is believed to have been used in multiple vehicle burglaries in the block.

Car break-ins and burglaries caught on video

The NOPD is seeking information to aid investigations into auto break-ins and burglaries that occurred Sunday, Dec. 1, in the Touro and Carrollton areas. Surveillance cameras caught an attempted burglary in the Touro area around 1:15 a.m. The pictured dark-colored SUV or van was observed in the 1200 block of Austerlitz Street. The occupants of the vehicle exited the car and were seen pulling the door handles of various cars on the street. One of the occupants attempted to break a car window; however, the car alarm activated, causing the vehicle and its occupants to flee the area.

NOPD seeking suspects in vehicle burglaries

The New Orleans Police Department is requesting assistance in locating and identifying suspects in multiple vehicle burglaries. On Sunday, Dec. 1, the subjects and vehicle pictured are believed to have been involved in multiple vehicle burglary incidents. The suspect vehicle is believed to be a black 2007 Honda Pilot bearing California license plate 1VEH986. This vehicle was reported stolen in an incident that occurred at the intersection of South Johnson and Gen. Pershing streets on Saturday, Nov.

Surveillance video catches vehicle burglary, package theft

The New Orleans Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying suspects in two recent incidents in the Second District. Vehicle burglary on South Liberty
The NOPD is seeking assistance with locating a suspect in the investigation of a vehicle burglary on Nov. 3 in the 5000 block of South Liberty Street. At about 7:15 a.m., the pictured cyclist was seen entering the victim’s vehicle, after arriving at the location via bicycle. Surveillance video of the subject can be seen at this link.

Suspect sought Broadmoor auto burglary

The New Orleans Police Department is searching for a man wanted for auto burglary in the Broadmoor neighborhood. The incident occurred on June 13 at 3:57 p.m. in the 2200 block of South Gayoso Street. The burglar stole several items of clothing from the vehicle, the NOPD reported. Anyone with information on this incident or the identity and whereabouts of the wanted subject is asked to contact Second District detectives at 504-658-6020 or call Crimestoppers anonymously at 504-822-1111 and toll-free at 877-903-7867.