Sep 3, 2013 7:57 PM by Chris Welty

Police Investigating Rash of Car Burglaries

The Lafayette Police Department is investigating more than thirty car burglaries in the last four days.

The most recent hit was this morning off West Bayou Parkway and Charles Read where more than 15 cars were broken into. Early Sunday morning, items were stolen from three cars on Acadian Drive off South College.

Police say early Friday morning, more than 15 cars were broken into near Comeaux High School off Kaliste Saloom.

Dozens of officers lined the streets off West Bayou Parkway and Charles Read filling out police reports and dusting for fingerprints.

Elizabeth Abdalla is one of more than a dozen residents who had her car broken into.

"I immediately closed the door and backed up to call 911," said Abdalla.

Lafayette Police say they don't have any suspects as of Tuesday evening, but believe the person went car-to-car hitting every house.

"The fact someone came up my driveway, opened my car and violated my property, it's very disturbing," said Abdalla.

Police are not saying if the burglaries in the three neighborhoods are connected. A viewer sent surveillance video to KATC. In the video, two males are seen pulling up in a dark colored car. They walk over to a car in a driveway and pull on the handles. One car is locked, but the one across the street wasn't. Cell phones, electronics and money were taken.

"What they're looking for is an opportunity. They're looking for vehicles left unlocked so they can open the door quickly, rummage through it and get away in a matter of seconds," said Corporal Paul Mouton of the Lafayette Police Department.

To not become another victim, make sure you remove all electronics like cell phones, lock your car, and park in a well lit area.

"If they discover all the cars are locked or a majority, they'll move on and look for another target," said Mouton.

Abdalla is beefing up security and isn't taking any chances. "I'm installing surveillance video even though my house already has an alarm, I want it surveyed too."
Police say if it appears someone rummaged through your car, but nothing was taken, still call 9-1-1 and file a report.

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

Chris Welty



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