Car stolen from Lakeview recovered, three men arrested

Car stolen from Lakeview recovered, three men arrested

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A car that was stolen from Lakeview earlier this week was recovered Wednesday.

The victim said he called The New Orleans Police Department about the stolen car Sunday morning.

His neighbor's surveillance video captured how they stole his jeep, making several attempts to back out, running into the neighbor's house, even ripping out a column before driving away with the SUV.

The victim said detectives didn't come to retrieve his surveillance video until Tuesday afternoon.

According to the owner of the car, officers found the car Tuesday night along with the alleged thieves.

Police responded to a call that three suspects were exiting a vehicle and pulling on car door handles in the 5000 block of Frenchmen Street.

While the officer was questioning the three suspects, the officer noticed an identifying mark on the left calf of one of the suspects she had seen in the surveillance video given to NOPD by the victim.

The car was missing the front fender, and the side of the Jeep was scratched where suspects knocked against the victim's house.

The suspects were found to be in possession of items related to the theft of the victim's Jeep Grand Cherokee as well as items from another vehicle that was broken into in the 6600 block of Louis XIV.

Police arrested 19-year-old Donovan Darrell Mitchell. 19-year-old Dwight Shone Robinson and 20-year-old Malik Spencer. All three have been charged with two counts of illegal possession of stolen things.

Detectives are working to determine if the three suspects were involved in additional auto thefts and burglaries in the Third District.

Police say the investigation into the robbery is ongoing and remains active.

If anyone has an information about the robberies, they are asked to contact the Third District Investigative Unit at (504) 658-6030 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

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