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NOPD Updates Public on Continued Efforts to Curb Vehicle Burglary Trend

by NOPD Public Affairs

January 31, 2020

Categories: On Duty

Topics: Burglary/Theft, Good Police Work

NOPD Updates Public on Continued Efforts to Curb Vehicle Burglary Trend

The NOPD remains diligent in making arrests of perpetrators who are committing auto burglaries across the city.

This morning (January 31, 2020), the NOPD’s Tactical Intelligence Gathering and Enforcement Response (TIGER) Unit made a significant auto burglary-related arrest in the Fifth District, resulting in four adult suspects and one juvenile suspect being arrested and 13 guns being seized, along with other items. Photos of many of the confiscated items can be found below.

The arrest was announced during a press conference held today at NOPD Headquarters.

Arrested in this investigation were:

  • James Elphage, Male, DOB: 03-11-1999
  • Jerome Brown, Male, DOB: 02-23-2000
  • Jamie Elphage, Female, DOB: 01-11-1998
  • Larry Pounds III, Male, DOB: 01-08-1997
  • A juvenile suspect, whose identity will not be released due to their age.

Each arrested suspect will be booked with possession of a stolen motor vehicle, possession of stolen firearms, conspiracy to possess a stolen motor vehicle and conspiracy to possess stolen firearms. This remains an active and ongoing investigation. No additional information will be released at this time. Photos of the arrested individuals were not available as of this writing

The NOPD’s deployment strategies are working, as the department continues to arrest a number of perpetrators – both juvenile and adult – who are repeat offenders of the same crime.  Below is sample evidence of how many times some perpetrators have been arrested.

  • Subject A (Juvenile): 50+ charges/arrests for simple burglary (vehicle)
  • Subject B (Adult): 50+ charges/arrests for simple burglary (vehicle), 10+ auto theft, and aggravated battery (shooting)
  • Subject C (Juvenile): 50+ charges/arrests for simple burglary (vehicle), 10+ auto theft, armed carjacking, & aggravated assault

“We continue to work with our criminal justice partners and City of New Orleans Crime Commissioner Tenisha Stevens to find sustainable solutions to auto burglaries.” New Orleans Police Superintendent Shaun Ferguson said. “We are working with our partners to implement pre-adjudication solutions. We support the EMP and other initiatives. We commend the juvenile court judges on their recent implementation of a policy to hold repeat offenders in jail until they face a judge.”

Since this policy change, the NOPD has seen a drop in the number of auto burglaries being reported.

Anyone with information that can assist the NOPD in criminal investigations is asked to contact their respective NOPD district station, or to call anonymously to Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP.