Thieves steal Mayor Mitch Landrieu's family car

Thieves steal Mayor Mitch Landrieu's family car

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - "You always hear about crime all over the city, but you never expect it to happen in this neighborhood," Brandon Keay said.

People who live near Mayor Mitch Landrieu were a bit shocked to hear the Mayor's family car was stolen.

"I keep an eye on the area, but I didn't know that something like that would happen right here," Roger Hibbert said.

Police say the Landrieu family discovered their 2006 Jeep Laredo missing around noon on Saturday. It had been parked in the 5400 block of South Robertson.

"It tells me that crime is so bad in this city and the people who do this have no respect for no body, no matter the color of your skin or the neighborhood you live in," John Williams said.

On Saturday evening, just hours after thieves stole the Mayor's jeep, an off-duty Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Deputy was traveling across the Crescent City Connection in his patrol car. His unit was equipped with a LoJack system, which is a vehicle tracking system. It received a stolen vehicle alert.

It turned out to be Landrieu's jeep. The deputy notified the NOPD, and an officer found the jeep near the intersection of General Taylor and Constance Street.

"I don't care where you live, you've got to be careful because crime is happening in broad daylight," Williams said.

Neighbors admit, the area where the mayor lives has never been off limits to the criminals.

"Last year, there was a couple of attempted armed robberies. I actually saw one of them happening," Hibbert said.

Landrieu released this statement, "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."

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