NOLA Mayor Landrieu's family car stolen over weekend
NEW ORLEANS - The Big Easy's crime problem struck close to home for New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu over the weekend as one of his family's cars was stolen, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office.
WWL-TV reports that deputies recovered the 2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, roughly seven hours after it was reported stolen. The deputy who found Mayor Landrieu's SUV was driving through the city when he received an alert on an anti-theft vehicle tracking device, according to a JPSO press release.
"As you can imagine, this was a very frustrating experience for our family, but we are grateful for the good work of the NOPD and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office for finding and recovering the vehicle," the mayor said in a statement released to the media.
The Jeep was reported stolen from where it was parked on S. Robertson Street, about a block from the mayor's residence, at about noon. It was later recovered miles away near the intersection of Gen. Taylor and Constance streets in New Orleans, according to the sheriff's office.
Deputy Blake Hollifield received an alarm from a LoJack tracking device installed on the Jeep and followed the signal into Uptown New Orleans to try to locate the stolen vehicle. After notifying New Orleans Police about his plan, Hollifield was able to find the Jeep, which was undamaged. NOPD took over the investigation after the deputy located the vehicle, and the Landrieu family was reunited with their Jeep.
The investigation into the stolen vehicle is ongoing, according to WWL-TV in New Orleans.