NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Lakeview residents caught a brazen act committed by masked men on surveillance video.
It happened Monday afternoon (Jan. 22) in broad daylight while the homeowners were playing in the yard with their children, and is just the latest incident that has residents fed up.
The video was captured in the 6400 block of Bellaire Drive near 33rd Street and shows a car pull up, then two people wearing masks jump out. One jumps into a homeowner’s truck, parked right in his driveway.
“They’re just getting more and more bold, and it seems like it’s happening everywhere,” the homeowner said. “It’s ridiculous, some place that you would think would be safe.”
The homeowner and his neighbor were with their children in the yard at the time and chased after the car. FOX 8 is not revealing their identities for their safety.
“I grabbed my children and his child and brought them inside," the neighbor said. “I yelled at them before running in, to kind of scare off the perpetrators. Then, I proceeded to run through my house, through my front door to kind of chase the car down to see if I could get a better look at a license plate or a vehicle type.”
They called 911 but they said it took hours for police to respond.
“A dispatcher told me it was classified as not urgent,” the neighbor said. “Any time four masked men come in my yard with my children in daylight, I consider that urgent.”
When 8 p.m. rolled around and they still had not heard from police, the neighbor put in another call.
“That’s when I really got upset, because I just paid my property taxes for Orleans Parish, because she told me that there wasn’t an available unit and I just didn’t understand," the neighbor said. “Did I not pay enough taxes to have enough units available for the safety of my family?”
According to the NOPD, the rates of both car thefts and burglaries are up in the 3rd district, where Tuesday’s attempted car theft occurred. As of Jan.10 of this year, there were nine vehicle thefts, compared to two at the same time last year. Additionally, there were 18 auto burglaries for the first part of the month, compared to five during the same time period last year.
The neighbor and homeowner we spoke with said they would like to see something done about the problem.
“Harsher penalties for these folks to deter them from doing it anymore,” the homeowner said.
“I definitely would like more of an NOPD presence in my neighborhood,” the neighbor said.
FOX 8 reached out to NOPD about this story, but a spokesperson told us it was too late in the day to compile the information we requested and they will respond to our request tomorrow. Check back here for updates.