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Vehicle Burglary Reported on Inwood Avenue

by Danielle B. Miller

March 27, 2018

Categories: Be on the Lookout

Topics: Burglary/Theft, Fourth District

The NOPD is searching for a suspect who was captured on surveillance video burglarizing a vehicle at or around 2:15 a.m. on Wednesday, (March 21).

View surveillance footage here.

The reporting person told police he parked his silver 2010 Mercedes Benz in the driveway of his son’s residence located in the 3700 block of Inwood Avenue. He returned to the location on Thursday, (March 22) and observed his glove compartment and center console open. A black 32 caliber revolver and three flash lights were reported missing from the vehicle.

The perpetrator in this incident rode to the location on a bicycle. He is described as a black male, slender build, wearing a hooded sweatshirt and jeans.

Auto Burglary and Theft Prevention

Vehicle burglaries and thefts are largely avoidable. Here are some tips on how to avoid car break-ins and thefts.

1. Lock the doors

2. Close windows and sunroofs

3. Don’t leave valuables such as laptops, cell phones, wallets, purses or GPS devices in plain view

4. Put away the garage door opener and any items with personal information

5. Move valuables to the trunk before reaching your destination

6. Don’t leave any keys in the vehicle, including a valet key or a spare key for another vehicle that parks near yours in your garage, driveway, etc.

7. Park in a well-lighted place whenever possible

8. Use the emergency brake when parking to make it more difficult for a thief to tow your vehicle away. 

Key fobs present a serious weakness in your car's security. An amplifier can detects key fob signals from up to 300 feet away and transmit them to your car so while your keys could be in your house, criminals could still unlock it. To prevent hackers from stealing your key fob signal you can wrap them in foil, place them in a foil-lined box or radio frequency signal blocking bag. You can also put them in your microwave oven – just don’t turn it on.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Fourth District detectives at 504-658-6040. Citizens with information that can help solve crimes are asked to call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll-free at 1-877-903-STOP.