Couple arrested for suspected string of Uptown burglaries

NEW ORLEANS – Police announced Tuesday the arrest of two people believed to be responsible for at least eight different burglaries in the Second District.

NOPD say Kristian Willemoes, 36, was arrested by Texas State Police, while Ekaterina ‘Katya’ Sitnikova, 34, was arrested by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Department.

The arrests were made after a Crimestoppers tip helped identify the couple. New Orleans Police were then able to obtain an arrest warrant for the two.

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Willemoes is responsible for multiple burglaries and Sitnikova is responsible for multiple fraud incidents.

According to police, one victim woke up from a nap, around 3 p.m. on August 30 in his residence in the 1500 block of Calhoun Street and noticed his cell phone, wallet and black laptop were missing from his living room.

The victim also informed officers that his credit card was charged within 30 minutes from the time it was stolen. Upon arrival, officers did not observe any signs of forced entry and believe the front door was unsecured while the victim was sleeping, police said.

On another occasion, a victim left her apartment around 10:30 p.m. on August 20 in the 900 block of Lowerline Street, and police said when she returned the next day, she discovered the back door open and her laptop missing.The burglaries happened from Aug. 21-Aug. 30, near the Uptown universities area.

Police believe Willemoes was responsible for multiple home burglaries including at the 900 block of Lowerline and the 1500 block of Calhoun Streets.

The victim’s roommate told police she was sleeping upstairs in her bedroom and said she noticed an unknown male walking in her room. The subject apologized and left the residence. The roommate told police she assumed it was one of her roommate’s friends and went back to sleep.

Investigators believe the suspects are responsible for about six other similar incidents in the area.

(© 2016 WWL)


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