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Two arrested for multiple vehicle thefts

Corey Porter, 24 Corey Porter, 24

Kenner, La. - A joint investigation by the Kenner Police Department and Louisiana State Police Insurance Fraud / Auto Theft unit has resulted in the arrest of two men for 10 vehicle thefts.

Police say the suspects arrested may be responsible for additional vehicle thefts in the area.

On May 3rd, 24 year-old Corey Porter and 26 year-old Leonard Lewis were arrested and charged with 10 counts of theft of a motor vehicle for incidents occurring within the City of Kenner.

According to police, the two would either check the Kenner Code Enforcement listings in the newspaper for abandoned vehicles, or, they would ride around looking for vehicles that appeared abandoned that they could sell for scrap.

After finding the vehicles, both would use a tow dolly attached to Lewis' Ford Expedition to tow the vehicle. The vehicles would be taken to Quick Recovery Salvage in Belle Chasse where the stolen vehicles would be sold for scrap.

Records obtained from Quick Recovery Storage revealed that both Lewis and Porter has scrapped 25-30 vehicles at the location.

Police have linked Lewis and Porter to the following vehicles that were reported stolen between December 2011 and April 2012. The vehicle thefts were reported in the 2600 block of Panama Street, 2200 block of Richland Street, 2800 block of Greenwood Street, 2300 block of Marietta Street, 2100 block of 17th Street, Hamlet Street (2 vehicles), 600 block of Chablis Drive (2-vehicles), the 2600 block of Aberdeen (all in Kenner), and one reported stolen on January 10, 2012, in New Orleans.

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