CHALMETTE, LA (WVUE) - Surveillance video shows what unfolded in a Chalmette neighborhood last week.
"It's the same old story. People with unlocked cars and some juveniles from the area are searching for unlocked cars," St. Bernard Sheriff James Pohlmann said.
Pohlmann said a 14-, 15- and 16-year-old were caught on video walking through the neighborhood pulling on door handles and stealing whatever they could find.
"Small items, valuable items were taken. I don't believe they were able to get an weapons that I'm aware of," Pohlmann said.
"My mom had called. She was watching my son. She called and said two males were trying to get into my backyard," one victim said.
The victim, who FOX 8 will not identify, said the young thieves were extremely brazen. She said her mother even confronted them, but it didn't seem to matter.
"They saw my mom in the backyard, and they continued to go to my car," the victim said.
She said her mom went inside the house and watched them rummage through the victim's car.
"They were in my car. They left my car door open and then ran to my neighbor's yard, in which she saw them doing the same thing. They were getting into my neighbor's car, and my mom actually opened the front door and was like, 'Really?' That's when they ran off," the victim said.
Pohlmann said the teens struck several times along five different streets in Chalmette, and they were caught on surveillance video. That video helped investigators crack the case.
"We are close with the school system. We have resource officers, and they help us in these type of situations to see if they could identify them, and that happened in this case," Pohlmann said.
The sheriff said the three suspects are Chalmette High students. Deputies arrested and booked them with six counts of burglary.
Back in July of last year, the sheriff said the 15-year-old was also arrested for a vehicle burglary.
"You know, I didn't know if they had a weapon on them or what they're capable of doing or their mental state," the victim said.
The victim is glad arrests were made. She also admitted that she left her car unlocked. The sheriff said every vehicle that was broken into was left unlocked.
"It would make it much easier if you would just lock your cars. Don't put yourself in that situation where you become a victim," he said.