Police seek help identifying vehicle burglars

Authorities are sharing home surveillance video

Police seek help identifying vehicle burglars
These screen grabs from home surveillance video show vehicle burglars hitting the 9400 block of East Montego Lane on Jan. 18, police say. (Source: Shreveport Police Department)

SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — At least three people were involved in burglarizing vehicles last weekend in Shreveport.

Police ask for help to identify band of thieves Shreveport Police are asking the public’s help in identifying a group of vehicle burglars that struck a west Shreveport neighborhood this past weekend. On January 18, 2020, multiple suspects worked together to break into vehicles in the 9400 block of East Montego Lane. Investigators were able to recover video from a residence that captured the incidents. The video showed two suspects walking from home to home, pulling on door handles in an apparent attempt to enter cars. One of the suspects was armed with a handgun. When those efforts were unsuccessful, one of the perpetrators shattered the window of a truck, entered into the passenger’s compartment of that vehicle, and removed items from within. At least one more suspect drove alongside the duo and aided in their flight from the scene. Detectives are asking those with information to contact Shreveport Police immediately at 318-673-7300. Those wishing to remain anonymous are asked to contact Caddo Parish Crime Stoppers at 318-673-7373, lockemup.org or download the app P3tips. Crime Stoppers pays cash for information leading to arrests of individuals responsible for crimes. Please reference report number 20-010317. Shreveport Police would like to encourage citizens to report any suspicious activity in their neighborhoods. Do not attempt to confront suspicious persons; instead, gather all information you can about their clothing, height, weight, vehicle description and tag number, and weapon information and contact police immediately. This video serves as a reminder of the dangers that citizens could face when confronting suspects on their own.

Posted by Caddo Parish Crime Stoppers on Thursday, January 23, 2020

Now police are sharing home surveillance camera video in hopes someone can help them identify those involved in the break-ins Saturday Jan. 18 in the 9400 block of East Montego Lane.

“This video serves as a reminder of the dangers that citizens could face when confronting suspects on their own,” says a Facebook post by Caddo Parish Crime Stoppers.

The video shows a vehicle going down the street while at least two people carrying flashlights walk from home to home, look inside vehicles and pull on door handles, apparently in an attempt to get into the vehicles.

At one point, one of the masked people turns and faces the camera while checking out an SUV.

One of the people also was armed with a handgun, according to the Facebook post.

When they couldn’t get in any of the vehicles by pulling on the door handles, “one of the perpetrators shattered the window of a truck, entered into the passenger’s compartment of that vehicle and removed items,” the post states.

Shreveport police encourage people to report any suspicious activity in their neighborhoods. But do not attempt to confront any suspicious person, authorities say.

Instead, they advise that you gather all information you can about the person’s clothing, height, weight, vehicle description and license and whether they have a weapon. Then immediately call police.

Authorities also urge anyone with any information about the vehicle burglaries to call Shreveport police (318) 673-7300.

Or contact Shreveport-Caddo Crime Stoppers by calling (318) 673-7373, visiting the organization’s website, lockemup.org, or using the P3 Tips app.

The nonprofit pays cash rewards for information that leads to the arrest of the individual or individuals responsible for crimes.

Be sure to reference report number 20-010317 when you contact authorities, police say.

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