BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Officials with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office say recently, they’ve seen an increase in vehicle thefts and burglaries involving armed suspects. Because of this, they’re warning residents to never approach a burglar.
The sheriff’s office says if you think your car or home is being burglarized, do not confront the burglar, but instead, call 911 immediately. Also, it’s important to not leave valuables in your car and to always lock the doors.
One video from the Sheriff’s Office right on North Snowden Avenue shows three people with guns, checking car handles, to see if they can get lucky.
And at another neighborhood off Burbank, where the suspect with a gun just finds an unlocked car, and then he drives off with it.
“But what is most concerning to our detectives is that we’re seeing more and more burglars that are armed,” said Casey Hicks, with the EBR Sheriff’s Office.
Hicks wants you to call 911 first if you see something suspicious.
“Don’t go out and try to confront them because there’s really nothing in your vehicle or outside that’s worth you know you risking your life,” said Hicks.
She says 90% of the time, these burglaries work out for the thieves, because the cars are left unlocked.
Hicks says deputies have seen times where homeowners have gotten hurt after trying to stop the burglars in their tracks.
“You know as you can see in the video that we have, those suspects have their weapons drawn and ready, as they are maneuvering around these homes and trying door handles,” said Hicks.
Neighbors WAFB spoke with tell us having a garage to put their cars in, having motion lights, and cameras, make them feel safer when it comes to burglars.
“We’ve been here 6 and a half years, and there have been people going into cars just recently since the summer. And the sheriff’s office told us that they’re now armed. So they told us, to guard your house from the inside, and take action there. But do not try to come out and scare people off because you’re putting yourself in danger,” said Jason Furrate, who lives in the Woodlawn Estates area.
“It’s not worth it, we just want to make sure everybody stays safe,” said Hicks.
The sheriff’s office says video cameras, and those doorbells with cameras as well are helpful for their investigations.
As of now, they don’t believe these cases are connected, call Crimestoppers are connected.
Anyone with information about any recent burglary is asked to call EBRSO at 225-389-5064 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 225-344-7867.
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