Teens arrested for car burglaries
BATON ROUGE - A rash of burglaries in Shenandoah Estates and the Old Jefferson area has residents worried about security.
An East Baton Rouge Parish deputy spokesperson said close to 40 cars have been burglarized since the first of the year.
The most recent of the burglaries nabbed two teens. Brittany Griese and Kimberly Phillips, both 18, are charged with eight counts of simple burglary, seven counts of theft, one count of theft of a firearm and one count of theft of an access card.
Investigators suspect a third person to be involved.
Shenandoah homeowners already pay $50 dollars a year for increased security patrols. Authorities said the break-ins happened to people who left their doors unlocked at night.
The suspects were able to get away with more than two thousand dollars worth items.
Stolen valuables include; purses with cash, along with identification, lap tops, iPads, GPS devices, a gun and much more. Investigators were able to recover most of the stolen property.
One resident we spoke to said she gladly pays the crime prevention fee but chooses to take security measures into her own hands. She turned her car port into a garage and also installed a monitored alarm system. She sees deputies patrolling the area and feels safe, however she knows they can't be everywhere at once.
Those we spoke to victimized by the crime take the burglaries as a lesson learned. One person we spoke to said she now has more of reason to lock her car doors every night.
Authorities said the teenagers may be responsible for other car burglaries in the area, but have not charged them with any more. Both suspects were booked in the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.