Police searching for suspects related to string of vehicle burglaries

Police searching for suspects related to string of vehicle burglaries

ST. TAMMANY PARISH, LA (WVUE) - Investigators believe two people are responsible for a rash of break-ins in Mandeville.

They want help identifying the people they say got away with weapons.

"It's not the kind of area where you worry about a lot of crime," Resident Lee Jackson said.

However, Mandeville Police say surveillance cameras caught two people checking for unlocked cars on Old Mandeville Lane.

"There were a lot of personal property taken. Sunglasses, miscellaneous property. Two items of importance to us are the firearms. we did have two firearms taken," Mandeville Police Chief Gerald Sticker said.

He said the video shows one of the suspects carrying what appears to be a weapon, which police believe is one of two semi-automatic pistols stolen from vehicles.

Police say one of the suspects is seen walking towards the other and they ride off on their bikes, and broke into at least nine vehicles.

"We don't have a lot of criminal activity around here. I mean we don't even really have any malicious teenage activity," Jackson said.

Jackson and his wife believe this is an isolated incident.

"We have some good friends that are in the Mandeville Police Department, and they've said in the past that that kind of activity is usually kind of a one-off, so we really don't think that will be an issue, but we certainly are all probably going to look a lot closer," Jackson said.

He said his neighbor proposed starting a neighborhood crime watch.

"It's probably a good idea to have some sort of watch, I mean although when something occurs at 1:00 or 2:00 a.m. in the morning, there's not many people going up and down the street checking out," Jackson said.

Chief Sticker said vehicles in neighborhoods nearby were also burglarized, and the police is working with St. Tammany Sheriff's Office to catch the suspects.

"Lock your vehicle doors, make sure you don't leave any valuables in plain view, and if you hear a disturbance outside, you go out and investigate it," Sticker said.

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