NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The NOPD is asking for the public's help in identifying and locating a man wanted for auto theft in Mid-City.
The incident happened Feb. 14 in the parking lot of the Big Easy gas station in the 2200 block of Canal Street.
A woman said that around 4 p.m., she and her daughter were in two separate vehicles parked side by side in the store parking lot. Her daughter went into the store, leaving her car unattended with the keys in the ignition. An unknown male got into the car and tried to back out of the lot. The mother told police she immediately exited her car and tried to stop him by grabbing him through the driver's side window.
The suspect fled the scene in the victim's car, which contained several personal items, including her cell phone and credit cards.
The suspect was described as a white male around 5'8" tall in his mid-50s wearing a brown jacket, blue jeans, and a brown Kangol-style hat with a short beard.
The vehicle is a white 2010 Lincoln MKX, Louisiana plate ZLG573.
The First District Investigative Unit is in charge of the investigation, and can be reached at 504-658-6010.
Citizens with information that can help solve this crime are asked to call Crimestoppers at 822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP. You could receive a cash reward of up to $2,500 for the information leading only to the arrest, except on homicides, where Crimestoppers will pay half of the reward upon the arrest and half on the indictment of the responsible person(s). You do not have to give your name nor testify to receive the reward but you must contact Crimestoppers directly with your information. Citizens can also submit an anonymous tip online to Crimestoppers at www.crimestoppersgno.org.