Brazen burglars have broken into seven Luling homes in less than two weeks, making off with electronics and jewelry during the daytime heists.
The first two burglaries occurred during the middle of the day on Friday, May 10. One of the homes was located in the 300 block of Monsanto Drive and the second home was in the 100 block of Lakewood Drive. Both homes were entered via a rear or side door.
St. Charles Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne said items stolen included a laptop, iPad and jewelry.
Champagne said that his office received a third report of a possible attempted break-in of a townhouse on St. Maria Drive on the same day.
“There, the owner located pry marks on the rear door of the residence with unsuccessful entry,” Champagne said. “We suspect the same perpetrators are responsible.”
On Monday, two more homes in Mimosa Park were broken into between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. despite increased patrols in the area. One of the homes was in the 200 block of St. Anthony Street and the other was located in the 300 block of Wanda Street. Champagne said that investigators are still trying to determine how the thieves broke into those homes.
“According to witnesses, a white or grey colored automobile with two white or light-skinned black males was seen in the area,” Champagne said. “Items such as laptops and iPads were taken as well as jewelry.”
On Wednesday, three homes were broken into on Barton Avenue. One of the homes that was burglarized was in the 200 block and the other was in the 300 block.
“We urge everyone to please lock your doors when you leave home and (use) dead bolts as well if you have them,” Champagne said. “The perpetrators in this recent string of cases are likely knocking on doors first to determine if anyone is home before attempting to enter the home.”
The Sheriff’s Office is asking residents in the area to be vigilant and report any suspicious people in the neighborhood, especially anyone approaching homes by going around the side or backyard. If anyone in the Mimosa Park or Barton Avenue areas has video surveillance which covers the street, the Sheriff’s Office would like to review it.
Anyone with information on the break-ins is asked to call 911 or (985) 783-6807.