Marigny residents say thieves terrorizing their neighborhood

Published: Jul. 25, 2013 at 2:21 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 29, 2016 at 8:56 PM CDT
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New Orleans, La. - Some people who live in the Marigny say they're being terrorized by a group of thieves who have been breaking into homes almost daily for the past week and a half.

A brazen, middle of the day burglary - that's how one man, whom we're choosing not to identify, describes the first time his home was broken into.

He explains, "They had reached in took out the key, went into the kitchen, stole [his] phone."

Just a couple days later, the thieves were back.

The burglars are targeting a two-block stretch of Frenchmen Street, where neighbors say almost every home has been hit within the past week and a half. The residents have a pretty good idea who's committing these crimes, thanks to surveillance cameras mounted on homes up and down the block.

A camera that captured an image given to us by the NOPD had just been mounted Monday afternoon when it recorded two men fleeing a home in the 900 block of Frenchmen, with a black duffle bag and a MacBook. Residents on the street tell us they recognize the suspects as kids from the neighborhood and say there are about five who they think are committing the break-ins. The neighbors believe the thieves range in age from about 10 to 20 years old.

The man we interviewed says, "We're so frustrated and I'm so mad. I'm just... the feelings that you have, your skin crawls, there's nothing you can do."

The hope is that new surveillance cameras on the street will help police positively ID the suspects. In the meantime, residents say they're afraid to even go to work and leave their homes unattended.