Man suspected in string of burglaries near Uptown universities

Jade Cunningham talks about a suspect in a string of burglaries around the university area.

NEW ORLEANS -- Police are on the lookout for a man they believe is behind a string of Uptown burglaries.

In five days, they said the suspect has hit at least eight different homes. Nobody has been hurt, but there is something residents can do to help protect themselves.

Those who live around Tulane and Loyola universities are on alert.

"It's really scary to have your privacy invaded like that and have someone go into your home," said student Katie Block.

NOPD said from August 21 -- 25, at least eight different homes were burglarized on six different streets. They include:

  • 2000 and 600 blocks of Broadway St.
  • 900 block of Dante St.
  • 2100 block of Audubon St.
  • 900 block and 1000 block of Lowerline St.
  • 7300 block of Maple St. 
  • 7400 block of Hampson St. 

"He's hitting our students," said Lt. Jennifer Dupree. "Either Tulane or Loyola students who are leaving their doors open."

Officers also said some of the houses hit weren't necessarily students.

"Since I've been in the second district, no, we've not had this many (burglaries) linked to one individual," said Lt. Dupree.

One incident even happened while someone was home.

"He walked right into the room," said Lt. Dupree. "And she believed that he was just a roommate's friend or boyfriend. She didn't couldn't tell the difference, she just thought he was one of the friends who stayed there."

Dupree told WWL-TV the man involved in the burglaries walks into the house with confidence as if he lives there. She added that he takes things he can easily run in and grab. Things like wallets, laptops, car keys and in two cases the person's car. Since the burglaries, both cars have been recovered. New Orleans Police also added there is one thing you can do to help avoid being this man's next victim.

"Help us out, lock your doors, please lock your doors," said Lt. Dupree. "A lot of people say they have roommates they don't want to lock out, but they should have keys."

It's advice some are already following.

"Usually, when I'm out at night I make sure I'm with a few people and my doors are locked," said Ginsberg.

Other neighbors agreed.

"We are being extra diligent about locking the doors," said Block. "We have two separate locks, and we usually just use one and now we're using both."

New Orleans Police said they're working close with Tulane and Loyola law enforcement. As those agencies work to bring justice, they urge everyone to be on the lookout for anything that may be suspicious.

"We have units out there, they're all aware of what to look for," said Lt. Dupree. "He's described to us as a white male about 6 feet tall, and slim build. He fits into the college area, he's got a white or different color button up with blue jeans sunglasses and a baseball cap."

They also said he's described as having light facial hair.

Anyone with information is asked to call Second District detectives at (504) 658-6020, or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

(© 2016 WWL)


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