The Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating a series of vehicle burglaries in South Lafourche which occurred early Thursday morning.
On February 4, Sheriff Craig Webre said his office received reports of multiple vehicle burglaries in Cut Off in the areas of East 85th to East 90th Streets, as well as the area of West 123rd to West 124th Streets.
Through investigation, detectives determined several unknown subjects all wearing hooded sweatshirts who were dropped off in an area by a dark-colored pickup truck.
In all, detectives investigated more than 26 cases, some involving more than one burglarized vehicle.
Break-ins occurred only in cases where vehicles had been left unlocked, but attempted burglaries occurred when burglars moved on after finding a locked vehicle.
Among the stolen items were cash, wallets, debit/credit cards and a pistol.
Anyone who can identify these individuals, or anyone with any other information about this crime, is asked to submit a tip submit a tip anonymously through Crime Stoppers Bayou Region by phone at 1-800-743-7433 or online at www.crimestoppersbr.org. Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers through the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office mobile app. Tipsters could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 in cash if the information leads to an arrest.
Sheriff Webre said he'd like to remind residents to please remove valuable from unattended vehicles, especially overnight.
“When vehicle burglaries occur here, they typically do so late at night or during early morning hours and almost always involve unlocked vehicles,” said Sheriff Webre. “That’s why it’s not uncommon to see strings of burglaries in one night because criminals are only looking for easy targets. We will certainly continue to do our job of patrolling the neighborhoods, but we are asking for citizens help to protect themselves by simply locking their unattended vehicles.”
LPSO said citizens should develop a nightly routine, often called the "9 p.m. Routine" where at 9 p.m., you make a point to remove valuables from your car and lock the doors before going to bed.