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NOPD Seeking to Locate Firearms Reported Stolen in Eighth District Auto Burglary

by Danielle B. Miller

May 29, 2019

Categories: Be on the Lookout

Topics: Burglary/Theft, Eighth District

NOPD Seeking to Locate Firearms Reported Stolen in Eighth District Auto Burglary

NOPD officers are searching for the pictured firearms after they were reported stolen during an auto burglary that occurred in the Eighth District.

On May 22, 2019, the victim reportedly parked his vehicle in a parking garage located in the 300 block of Saint Charles Avenue, leaving his weapons inside of the vehicle with the doors unlocked.

The victim returned to the vehicle on the same date and discovered his vehicle door open and both firearms missing.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Eighth District detectives at 504-658-6080. 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.

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.