NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A vehicle registered to Mayor Mitch Landrieu was stolen and tracked down by an off-duty officer, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office.
An off-duty officer was traveling across the Crescent City Connection with his patrol unit, which is equipped with a LoJack vehicle tracking system, when he received a stolen vehicle alert, according to Colonel John Fortunato. The off-duty officer made the discovery around 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
The off-duty officer contacted the National Crime Information Center and discovered that the vehicle was registered to Landrieu. The vehicle has been described as a black, 4-door, 2009 Jeep.
The vehicle was reported as stolen around noon that day. The officer followed the stolen vehicle's signal onto Tchoupitoulas Street. He continued following the signal onto Magazine Street, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office.
After notifying police of his pursuit, the off-duty officer located the stolen vehicle near the intersection of General Taylor and Constance Street.
The vehicle was unoccupied, police say.
“As you can imagine, this was a very frustrating experience for our family, but we are grateful for the good work of the NOPD and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office for finding and recovering the vehicle,” Landrieu said in an emailed statement.
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.