NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Lakeview residents are asking for a more robust police monitoring system after investigators linked a dozen car burglaries to an alleged gunman.
Police said Devontay Jenkins, 18, was part of a group that broke into 12 cars in the Lakeview area in a single night. Investigators said Jenkins also shot two people on June 7 in the 2800 block of Pauger Street.
One resident, whose car was broken into, said knowing the accused thief is linked to a shooting makes the crime even scarier.
"When we saw all the surveillance of multiple people going from car to car down multiple different streets it was like, these people knew what they were doing," the vi`ctim said.
It's why some residents want police to use the cameras already in the field to actively patrol more effectively.
"We propose that they do a live monitoring of the cameras from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., which would mean there would be an officer sitting behind the cameras on the system and they could see if someone was walking down the street in the night," said resident Gino Ascani.
That idea has the support of several residents who already pay for patrols in their neighborhood.
"The patrols are definitely necessary," said resident Jennifer Gaubert. "I like seeing the police presence and seeing the guys come down when I'm out with my dog, but I definitely think some of that money could be spent elsewhere on more technological advances to cut down on crime."
Now the victim is planning to put a beefed up security system in her new home, but she thinks the police could play a more active role in watching out for crime.
"I don't think that's gonna happen, but I think it would be awesome. I mean, if they're taking pictures of our cars driving too fast on the street, then I think they should take pictures of guys breaking into cars or houses or whatever is going on crime-related," the victim said.
If you know where Devontay Jenkins, is call police or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111. He is considered armed and dangerous.