NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The owner of a Bywater comedy club says thieves broke into his place three times in the past week, and in addition to the frustration of being a victim, the NOPD took more than 10 hours to respond.
"They kicked the door in," said New Movement comedy club owner Brock Laborde. "Upstairs, despite our best efforts of making that not happen, it happened, and they broke into our office and took our cash box again."
When thieves broke into the St. Claude Avenue club again Sunday night (Aug. 9), it was the third time in a week.
"The alarm called the police, and when I got here, they were on the scene and they were in the building and they were checking everything out," Laborde said.
But during the previous two break-ins, the NOPD was not so quick to respond.
The first break-in happened Aug. 2.
"Some of our people showed up around noon and discovered it happened," Laborde said. "They called the police then and stayed here for about 10 and half hours, and no one ever came."
Then on Aug. 4, burglars returned, breaking in and stealing various items.
Laborde said police were called again - and again, no one came.
According to the NOPD, 911 records show a call was received from that location on Aug. 2 at 1:42 p.m. A unit arrived the next day at 2:53 a.m., and the item was marked "unfounded" because no one was there. The NOPD says a second call was received from the club Aug. 4 at 7:26 p.m. after the second break-in. Still, police didn't arrive until Aug. 5 at 3:13 a.m. Again, they marked the incident unfounded.
"It was shocking to see that they would show up when obviously no one's here and then leave," Laborde said.
Laborde said at some point on the 5th, a report was taken.
"The police finally showed up, gave us a handwritten report on a piece of paper and then last night – Sunday, exactly a week from the first break-in -we were broken into again."
Laborde said his frustration is growing. He's lost a total of about $3,000, mainly from the repairs he's had to make to his doors and windows.
"We're excited to see this area get better, and it has been fine for the past year, but three times in a week is ridiculous and the response just wasn't that great," he said.
Laborde said cameras are being installed today (Aug. 10).
The Fifth District commander said there was a delay in response, but as more resources become available, response times will hopefully get better.