Sep 6, 2013 7:09 PM by Chris Welty

Car Burglars Hit Neighborhood Again

For the second time this week, a Lafayette neighborhood is hit by thieves.

It's the same "m-o" as the case from earlier this week, when 15 cars were burglarized.

The cars were all unlocked. The thieves going car-to-car, checking the doors, finding the open ones and taking items from inside. This morning, just two cars were hit.

It happened in the Charles Read neighborhood, off West Bayou Parkway, the same neighborhood as earlier this week. Someone saw it happen at around 5:30 this morning and called police. Officers spotted the suspect, but he ran off. Police blocked off several streets and brought in K-9 units, but the suspect got away.

Right now, police do not think the suspect caught on camera today is the same person responsible for Tuesday's crimes. Either way, residents in this neighborhood are worried the suspect is becoming bolder.

The Charles Read neighborhood was lit with blue police lights Friday morning. Officers set up a perimeter looking for the potential car burglary suspect.

"It's just unsettling to come out again when it's not quite light and have all this happen," said Lafayette resident Elizabeth Abdalla.

Police say the man was on a bike, riding in the neighborhood when someone called 9-1-1.

Abdalla says, "It's just crazy, it makes you feel so uneasy. It's late in the morning for a typical criminal."

When police showed up, they say the suspect ran. Around 5:40, the suspect is caught on the same cameras, hopping a fence, running across the driveway, going to the home across the street. Less than two minutes later, police pass by and the suspect moves to the next home. Police recovered a book sack the suspect stole from a car and the suspect's bike.

"They're going to continue to check the area and look for that opportunity to take advantage of people," said Corporal Paul Mouton of the Lafayette Police Department.

Trisha Bordelon lives in the neighborhood and says she feels unsafe. She is hoping police will make an arrest soon.

"They will catch these thugs. I can't wait, it's not a day too soon that they catch them," said Bordelon.

Including the Charles Read neighborhood, in the past week, Lafayette Police say more than 30 cars were burglarized in the city. The other cases include early Sunday morning. Items were stolen from three cars on Acadian Drive off South College.

Police say overnight last Friday, more than 15 cars were broken into near Comeaux High School off Martial Avenue.

Police say every single one of these crimes could have been prevented simply by locking car doors.

If you have any information on these crimes, call Crime-Stoppers at 232-TIPS.

Chris Welty



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