NOPD is asking for the public’s help in identifying a Lakeview area burglar

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) – The NOPD is asking for the public’s help in identifying a burglar wearing a construction vest and hard hat who investigators believe broke into homes in the neighborhoods from Lakeview and Lake Vista.

“All the safety you ever felt is gone,” said one victim.

“I’m just numb,” said another victim. “Where do we go from here? What happens to our neighborhood?”

The two neighbors we spoke to asked to remain anonymous as they described what this thief did when he broke into their home.

“He broke the glass door and cut the cable thinking he was going to deactivate the alarm,” said a victim from Argonne Boulevard.

Fortunately, the alarm went off again on Tuesday around noon.

That’s why you only see the thief on the surveillance video spend a few minutes in that resident’s house before heading next door, where the neighbor says he got spooked by the dog.

The thief, on foot, eventually circled the block to retrieve his car, a silver Toyota Camry.

“The police knew who he was. He’s been there for three or four weeks, hitting a house almost every day,” the victim said.

He dresses in a high-vis vest and helmet, apparently, so he fits in, tricking people into thinking he belongs in those houses when the owners aren’t there.

On Tuesday, the NOPD says it stole jewelry from three homes. The Argonne owner says he didn’t get anything valuable, but his neighbor General Haig wasn’t so lucky.

“Anything you can imagine, jewelry, money, sporting goods, guns, and that’s a real violation,” the other victim said.

It was broken into on Friday and the thief stayed in the house for 12 minutes.

“The attacker had cut several phone lines, internet, CCTV, alarm and that made it even more horrific and it really is like a feeling out of a horror movie when all those little boxes are ticked and to learn that he’s armed,” the victim on General Haig said.

The two neighbors are grateful to the men and women of the Third District who are doing their best to keep up.

“They responded to those service calls immediately. They were there, they were very thorough. They returned my calls, a detective followed,” General Haig’s victim said. “This is the same detective who has come to my house at least four times now for four separate incidents at my house and they have been wonderful.”

Neighbors say they are dealing with everything from cars stolen by armed minors and shots fired to deal with smashed windows.

“I had neighbors up and down my block, who came in and said their car was broken into, their car was searched,” the victim said on Argonne. “Where are we going? What do we do when can we get relief and get help?”

Many neighbors say they have been more nervous than ever recently.

“A landlord can only wonder countless times, how can I justify staying in this neighborhood, in this house, in this city where crime is so terrible, constantly?”

Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact the NOPD at (504) 821-2222 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111 or toll-free at 1-877-903-7867.

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