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Neighborhood relying on security cameras to catch thieves

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BATON ROUGE - A neighborhood is relying on security cameras to help assist police in the search for thieves who got away with their belongings over the weekend.

The thieves got away with cash, gift cards and more when they burglarized more than a dozen cars. All of the cars were unlocked.

It happened overnight Saturday in the Azalea Lakes and Jefferson Lake subdivision off Jefferson Highway.

"Open the door, all the stuff inside was scattered around," said Pat Johnson, who lives in Azalea Lakes. His car was burglarized a month ago, after it was left unlocked.

After an uptick in crime, the neighborhood has taken precautions to help protect their belongings. While people still leave their cars unlocked at night, security cameras were installed at each entrance of the Azalea Lakes subdivision in May.

"Out of all the neighborhoods that they could have came in, this was probably one of the worst ones," said Craig Hebert.

Hebert owns Hebert Security and installed the cameras in the neighborhood himself. The cameras see everyone who's coming and going by car, foot or bicycle. Hebert says he may have spotted someone early Sunday morning.

"I saw him run through this gentleman's front yard, at 1:53 a.m.," he said.

Hebert has since passed the information along to police. After the latest rash of burglaries, more people are locking their doors.

"I never did before, but now we lock them all the time," said Johnson.

Police are still investigating. Anyone with information is asked to give them a call.

 

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