Suspects arrested in multiple Uptown burglaries, fraud

Suspects arrested in multiple Uptown burglaries, fraud

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A couple responsible for multiple simple burglaries and fraud in the Second District were arrested Tuesday, according to New Orleans police.

Kristian Willemoes was arrested in Texas after a pursuit by Texas state police. He was seen driving a silver Ford Explorer. Ekaterina "Katya" Sitnikova was arrested by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office. Police said Willemoes is responsible for multiple burglaries and Sitnikova is responsible for multiple fraud incidents.

On August 30 at around 3 p.m., a victim woke up from a nap in his home in the 1500 block of Calhoun Street and saw that his cell phone, wallet and black laptop were missing from his living room. The victim also informed officers that his credit card was charged within 30 minutes from the time it was stolen. Upon arrival, officers did not see any signs of force entry and believe the front door was unlocked while the victim was sleeping.

On August 20 around 10:30 p.m., another victim left her apartment. When she returned the next day, she discovered the back door open and her laptop missing. The victim's roommate told police she was sleeping upstairs in her bedroom in the 900 block of Lowerline when she woke and saw an unknown male walking in her room. The subject apologized and left the residence. The roommate told police she assumed it was one of her roommate's friends and went back to sleep.

Investigators believe the suspects are responsible for about six other similar incidents in the area.

Both suspects will be extradited and booked accordingly into Orleans Parish Prison.

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