Nov 26, 2013 7:12 PM by Allison Bourne-Vanneck

Armed Robberies Increase The Week Leading Up To Black Friday

In the last week, there have been six robberies or attempted robberies within the city of Lafayette. Several occurred at apartment complexes, and police say the suspects could be the same in one or more of these crimes.

Crime data from Lafayette Police shows a total of six robberies from Monday November 18th to Monday November 25th. The first robbery happened at a Lana Drive apartment, another at an apartment on Glochester Road, as well as an attempted robbery at that same complex. Lafayette Police say these crimes may be related.

There was also a home invasion at an apartment on Verot School Road, a robbery during a poker game on Foreman Drive, and a robbery of a convenience store Monday night.

The mode of operation of these incidents are similar, and the description of the suspect(s) has been vague. With the busiest shopping day of the year just a few days away, police are asking the public to be aware of their surroundings to avoid becoming a victim.

"Anywhere we know there's going to be a large volume of shoppers and we know the potential of incidents occuring, we're going to have additional officers working in those areas during this holiday season," Corporal Paul Mouton, who works for Lafayette Police, said.

In the past month, police have investigated 377 thefts. Mouton says those numbers typically go up during the holidays.

"With that many more shoppers out there, that increases the opportunity of someone becoming a victim," Mouton said.

There are simple steps to avoid becoming a victim. First, don't carry large amounts of cash, and watch your credit cards.

"Maintain custody of your credit card and information prior to giving it to the clerk because you never know if there's someone standing behind you taking pictures with an electronic device or phone," Mouton said.

Above all police say you need to be alert.

"It's so important that they're aware as to what's going on around them. Pay attention and not be distracted by electronic device and things of that nature," Mouton said.



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