String of car burglaries in Zachary leave residents puzzled

String of car burglaries in 2 Zachary communities

ZACHARY, LA (WAFB) - One car was stolen and at least eight were burglarized overnight Wednesday in Zachary.

Zachary Police Chief David McDavid estimated that the number of burglaries could rise up to at least 10. The police received more calls Thursday afternoon.

"It's not normal. We might have this once a year, if any," McDavid said.

Connor Sloan was one of the victims. He recently moved into the East Meadow community in Zachary.

"Things like this really don't happen over here," said Sloan.

His SUV was broken into. The seatbelts were sliced. His kids' car seats were thrown in the back. His work and personal keys were gone. Sloan does not remember locking his car doors.

"I've never had anything stolen from me," said Sloan.

In addition to the East Meadow community, car burglaries also happened in the Live Oak Trace. Both are a short drive to Zachary High School.

"Zachary's big. We're growing, and with growth these sort of things happen," McDavid said.

McDavid asked the Zachary community to serve as the police's eyes and ears when they are not on patrol. He said there is an easy solution to help prevent the events of last night from happening again.

"We've got to lock our vehicles," he said. "You make it easier for a criminal or suspects to get into your vehicle if you don't lock them."

Despite Wednesday night, Sloan said he is happy in his new neighborhood.

"I still feel safe and secure here. Things like this are not going to detour me in anyway," Sloan said.

So far, the police do not have anyone in custody. They are calling on communities to see if anyone has surveillance video that might provide a lead.

To submit tips, call Zachary Police or Crime Stoppers at 225-344-7867.

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