Kenner police say a pair of vehicle burglary suspects seen in surveillance video stills released last month by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office could have ties to four similar, local break-ins. "We have reason to believe these individuals may be involved in our burglaries," said Sgt. Brian McGregor, spokesman for the Kenner Police Department.
Investigators from the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office on Aug. 21 released photos of two suspects believed to be responsible for burglarizing vehicles in the city's Santa Maria neighborhood on the night of July 24. Credit cards stolen in those burglaries were used at a Chevron service station in LaPlace the next day.
Kenner detectives discovered that credit cards stolen during four vehicle burglaries that occurred July 19-22 in the 2700 block of the I-10 Service Road in Kenner were also used at the same LaPlace service station, McGregor said. Investigators from both agencies have been working together on the cases.
McGregor said it's possible the thieves are from the greater New Orleans area. "They have a connection to St. John, Orleans and Jefferson Parish," he said. "They may be from this area as opposed to the Baton Rouge area."
One suspect has a thin build, a mustache and a goatee. When the cards were used, he was wearing a dark baseball cap, a black and gray shirt, and dark pants.
The other suspect also has a thin build with his hair in dreadlocks. He was wearing a white T-shirt and dark pants. The men were driving an older-model maroon Land Rover or Range Rover Discovery with no license plate and a green "notice of violation" ticket on the back window.
Anyone with information about the suspects is asked to call Kenner Police detective at 504.712.220. The public can also call Crimestoppers at 504.822.1111 or toll-free at 877.903.7867. Tips can be texted to C-R-I-M-E-S (274637); text TELLCS then the crime information. Callers or texters do not have to give their names or testify and can earn a $2,500 reward for information that leads to an indictment.