Hollygrove residents on edge after brazen overnight break-ins

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Posted on June 6, 2014 at 10:12 PM

Tania Dall / Eyewitness News
Email: tdall@wwltv.com | Twitter: @taniadall

NEW ORLEANS -- Neighbors in Hollygrove are on edge as police search for the men who've been breaking into women's homes overnight --- all in a week's time. The brazen burglaries are happening while people are fast asleep.

"It was about 3 o'clock in the morning. I heard something next room," said a victim --- one of two women who spoke to Eyewitness News and asked not to be identified. Both were sleeping in their house in the 2500 block of Monroe Street when they woke up to the shock of their lives last Monday.

"I get up, walk through the room and there's some black tall guy standing over my girlfriend. So I yell like, 'What the?!' He runs out of the back door," said the victim.

Police say the intruder snatched a bag and women's underwear. The women confirm he climbed into the half-shotgun through an unlocked window.

"I made sure the windows were locked and everything. What we didn't notice was that the kitchen window was never secured," said the second victim.

Four days later and just a few blocks away police confirm another overnight break-in in the 8700 block of Belfast Street. The NOPD says a woman woke up to find two men burglarizing her house. According to police two suspects took off with a computer, iPhone and 14-carat gold chain.

Police say one of the two suspects may live in the neighborhood. The victim told detectives one of the teens rang her doorbell earlier in the day, but she didn't respond. The NOPD says one suspect is described as a black teen, over 6-feet tall with shoulder-length dreadlocks.

"I'm scared at night time. Anytime I hear anything," said Contrecia Brumfield who lives next to one of the burglarized houses. The Hollygrove resident has lived in the neighborhood for six years and only recently heard of similar overnight break-ins in the area.

"I think more than once it happened in 'Pigeon Town' and they said, 'I don't know if the guy was trying to rape [someone],'" said Brumfield.

For one victimized household on Brumfield's block with a toddler there has been an investment in better security now.

"We got ADT, we got bars, locks on the doors, screens, everything. We've got a lot of stuff to protect to secure ourselves and our baby," said one victim.

Eyewitness News reached out to the NOPD to see if detectives are looking into similar cases or if these two are connected. A police spokesperson said NOPD's Second District isn't aware of any other cases.

If you can help detectives call Crimestoppers at 822-1111.

This story was developed with our coverage partner, Uptown Messenger.

 

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