METAIRIE, LA (WVUE) - Deputies are investigating a rash of car break-ins in Metairie, and they hope surveillance photos will lead to the people responsible.
There have been more than two dozen burglaries between Causeway and the 17th Street Canal and between Esplanade and Veterans.
"It's definitely disheartening. You pay a lot of money for your house, your car, and to know that someone could just walk up because they want to and take what they want," said Metairie neighbor Doug Harris. "We lock our cars now, we've got an alarm system on the house so, I'm not sure what else we can do aside from just make sure we're extra vigilant. If we see something, say something."
One neighbor we talked to said just a few weeks ago someone broke into his car. He didn't want to be identified.
"Looked at the surveillance cameras, and around 1:58 in the morning the three suspects came into the camera shot, checked three or four cars in our driveway, one of which was mine, happened to be open," he said. "They actually had a car following them, which, when another car drove around that car, that car was flashing their lights so it was clearly a getaway type of car."
He didn't report the incident to police because he said nothing was stolen. But he said he's now making sure his car is locked.
"It's aggravating because you think you're safe, but you just never know what's going to happen," he said.
Investigators believe a number of suspects are responsible for the 27 burglaries that have happened since December, and they believe they're working in groups of three or more.
In each case, the sheriff's office said the victim's car was unlocked. That's why they're urging you to make sure your vehicles are locked at all times.
If you recognize anyone in the surveillance photos, contact Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111. You can remain anonymous, and could be eligible for a reward.