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Six arrested for rash of car burglaries in St. Bernard Parish

Six people were arrested in connection with a rash of car burglaries and theft in St. Bernard and New Orleans. (FOX 8) Six people were arrested in connection with a rash of car burglaries and theft in St. Bernard and New Orleans. (FOX 8)
CHALMETTE, LA (WVUE) -

The St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested a gang of New Orleans residents for their alleged involvement in a rash of car burglaries and thefts.

Sheriff James Pohlmann said six people were involved in at least 21 car burglaries, one attempted vehicle burglary and four vehicle thefts between Feb. 16 and Feb. 19 in the Chalmette area.

Deputies responded to a call about five suspicious male subjects on Feb. 19 around 3 a.m. who had exited a car they had been sitting in with the headlights off in a Chalmette parking lot, and began walking into a residential neighborhood.   

When deputies arrived on the scene to investigate, they observed one of the suspects, later identified as Imani Smith, rummaging through the inside of a vehicle parked in front of a residence.

Smith spotted deputies and fled on foot, but was apprehended a short time later, along with four others as they hid under a shed in the backyard of a nearby home, Pohlmann said.

The sheriff’s office linked the suspects to other vehicle burglaries in St. Bernard and New Orleans. During the course of the investigation, detectives recovered two of the four vehicles stolen in St. Bernard, one vehicle stolen out of New Orleans, and three handguns.

The suspects are identified as:

  • Kenneth Alphonse, 19, of the 7500 block of Forest Glyn in New Orleans, was booked Feb. 20 with two counts of auto theft, 17 counts of simple burglary, criminal trespassing, illegal possession of stolen property, and misrepresentation during booking.
  • Derrick Cobbins, 18, of the 7500 block of Forrest Glyn in New Orleans, was booked Feb. 20 with two counts of auto theft, 17 counts of simple burglary, criminal trespassing, illegal possession of stolen property, and misrepresentation during booking.
  • Alvin Thomas, 19, of the 4400 block of Skyview in New Orleans, was booked Feb. 20 with two counts of auto theft, 17 counts of simple burglary, criminal trespassing and illegal possession of stolen property.
  • Antonio Cousan, 17, of the 4700 block of Sherwood in New Orleans, was booked Feb. 20 with two counts of auto theft, 17 counts of simple burglary, criminal trespassing, illegal possession of stolen property, and misrepresentation during booking.
  • Curtisha Burnes, 19, of the 1800 block of Charbonnet in New Orleans, was booked Feb. 20 in connection with the case, but on a warrant out of St. Bernard.
  • Theodore Watkins, 20, of the 7100 block of Boston Drive in New Orleans, Norrissa Stokes, 20, of the 7500 block of Downman Road in New Orleans, and a 16-year-old female juvenile also were arrested by the New Orleans Police Department in connection with the case for theft of one of the vehicles stolen out of St. Bernard. The vehicle was recovered.

The St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office is working with the New Orleans Police Department in this ongoing investigation. Additional charges may be filed.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking residents who have had their vehicles burglarized to report any suspicious activity by calling (504) 271-2501.

In many of the cases, Sheriff Pohlmann said, the victims’ vehicles were unlocked. 

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