Caught on video
CENTRAL - East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Detectives are looking for at least one suspect seen burglarizing a number of cars in Comite Hills.
At least 15 vehicles were hit in the Central neighborhood early Sunday morning. Victims say their cars were unlocked and the suspects were able to steal credit cards, electronics, and a gun. The crooks were also able to make off with a gray 2012 Chevrolet Silverado.
"It's really odd, because we're in a nice quiet, safe neighborhood," said Helen Balzli, a crime victim. "We all know one another, we do have the neighborhood watch, I was very surprised."
Balzli's items were recovered in a neighbor's yard, but others weren't so lucky. Some of the stolen credit cards we used Monday at Central gas stations.
The neighborhood is tucked away in Central with large yards and very little street lighting.
"People need to keep their house well-lit," said Comite Hills Homeowners Assoc. President Angela Summerville. "Sometimes it doesn't deter crime, but it can help."
Summerville says the neighborhood is familiar with this type of crime. Last year, about 20 cars were broken into in one night. The neighborhood pitched in and purchased surveillance cameras to keep a close eye on the traffic.
Anyone with information about these burglaries or the suspects, contact the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office at 225-389-5000.