JPSO investigates rash of weekend car burglaries in Old Metairie

JEFFERSON PARISH, LA (WVUE) - "I woke up Saturday morning to my husband telling me that there were police outside. He said my car got broken into," Heidi Schexnayder said.

Schexnayder said she found the inside of her vehicle a mess. Burglars had rummaged through just about every inch of her car sometime between Friday night and Saturday morning.

"I saw the little console between the front two seats was rifled through, and the glove box was open. There were coupons, scissors and hand sanitizer all over the floor," she said.

Ironically, she said she couldn't find anything missing, but it was clear the burglars took their time.

"It had to take them at least four or five minutes," Schexnayder said.

Just across the street from her home on Grenadine, her neighbor's car was also broken into, and others were hit in the same neighborhood. In fact, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office Crime Tracker, a total of six car burglaries were reported the same night.

"We've lived here for 10 years, and we've never ever had any kind of problem. No one in the neighborhood has. It's been nice and quiet in this neighborhood, but it's just very disappointing when you have people invading your space," resident Jack White said.

White said the recent rash of burglaries is a cause for concern.

"It really bothers you. It makes you wonder if maybe they're in our backyard or trying to get into your house next," White said.

Ashley Landry lives in the 200 block of Lake Avenue. She said she first heard about the burglaries when investigators showed up in her neighborhood.

"Policeman rolled by and said, 'did your car get broken into because it's been happening a lot.' At the time, my fiance wasn't home, so I had no idea," Landry said.

Landry said her finance discovered Monday morning that tools had been stolen out of a tool box on the back seat of his truck.

"Things like that don't happen here. We take care of our things, and we work hard for it, and it's definitely not expected," Landry said.

All of the victims we talked to have something in common.

"I didn't lock it, which is unusual to me. No, I didn't' lock it," Schexnayder said.

"We keep ours unlocked too," Landry said.

They realize now, by leaving their cars unlocked, it becomes a crime of opportunity. They say they'll pay more attention in the future.

"Ya know, It's a lesson for all of us. We've got to make sure we lock these cars," White said.

Neighbors tell us, they believed deputies are working to solve the cases. They said investigators even dusted for fingerprints in hopes of catching those responsible.

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