Neighbors angry after Lakeview cars vandalized

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - More than 30 Lakeview residents woke up Sunday morning to find their cars vandalized. The damage, along a one mile stretch of Argonne Boulevard is the latest in a string of crimes residents there say they've had to put up with.

"It's really frustrating and it's worrisome," Nicole Robinson said.

Robinson and others emerged from their homes early Sunday to discover driver's side mirrors missing, some shattered, even some gas tank covers ripped off.

"We noticed every other car had a mirror missing," Robinson explained.

Robinson and her husband spotted their mirror in the neutral ground of Argonne. They spent the next hour trying to return each mirror to the car it belonged to, like Amy Orgeron's.

"I'm glad somebody else knew it was in the neutral ground to look for it and pop it back in instead of having to pay to get it fixed and get a new mirror because that wouldn't be, wouldn't be good right now," Orgeron said.

As neighbors helped each other, an NOPD officer collected  evidence. Aiding in the investigation, will be surveillance video, but only some homes on this stretch between Harrison and Robert E. Lee, have cameras.

"If this doesn't show the neighbors how important cameras are, then I don't know what is," said Gino Ascani, founder of Lakeview Citizen Watch.

Ascani is in the middle of a big push to get cameras on every Lakeview home. The goal is to one day, pay an off-duty officer to watch the footage in real time. Ascani says it's a better option than having those boots on the ground.

"The criminals can find a way to hide from those people patrolling unless the patrol officers are stealth," Ascani explained.

The vandalism is motivating at least one person on Argonne to take action.

"I would definitely consider getting cameras," Nicole Robinson commented.

Because this isn't the only crime here. The neighborhood has been plagued by armed robberies and carjackings in recent months. All the more reason, Ascani says, residents need to get creative.

If you know anything about who committed this crime, call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.

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