Three separate carjackings have neighbors on high alert

A.D. Hutley's truck is his pride and joy.

"It was a birthday thing and it's got some value and sentimental thing to it too," said Hutley, gesturing to his truck.

So after finding out it was parked just yards away from where two women were carjacked Saturday night, Hutley's feeling a mix of shock and relief.

"It was parked here until almost 11:00 last night," said Hutley. "It's a possibility that my truck could've been gone."

The carjacking happened around 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the 1900 block of Clouet Street. Police say a mother and daughter were unloading groceries when a man came up and demanded money. When the woman said she didn't have any, police said, the man threatened her mother with a gun and told her to hand over the car keys. He then took off in the vehicle.

The carjacking is one of three that's happened in the last 48 hours. A black Infiniti was carjacked on St. Thomas Street in Uptown, and early Sunday morning, a gold Range Rover was taken from the corner of Canal Street and Jefferson Davis Parkway.

One neighbor, who didn't want to give her name says crime on Clouet Street is rare.

"It just doesn't happen here," she said. "We are all neighbors, we all see each other."

Almost half of the homes on the block are abandoned; neighbors say it means the area is usually pretty quiet.

"You only hear the cars around here, no dogs, no cats," said the neighbor who has lived on Clouet since the 1970's. "Nothing, running around here making noise, it's quiet."

Not only is she worried about her neighbor's safety, she's now concerned about her own.

"I'll try to be home before dark and make sure my surroundings is covered," said the neighbor. "If anything looks suspicious I'm going back out and call the police."

Next door, Hutley says he'll do the same.

"Individuals like that have to think of what kind of chaos they're creating," said Hutley.

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