Deputies crack down on car theft

Staff reports

The month of January, Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office has reported a rash of vehicle burglaries in Donaldsonville.

According to Chief Deputy Tony Bacala, “I strongly suggest that if you don't want to be a victim of a car burglary, you should take the simple step of removing valuables from your vehicle and then make absolutely certain to keep it locked at all times.”

Twelve vehicles were burglarized in mid-January during the nighttime hours and are currently under investigation.  The break ins occurred in the areas of Reynaud Drive, Belle Alliance Drive, Ashland Street and McManor Circle. All of the vehicles that were entered were left unlocked, except for one.

Detectives are actively investigating the case and in addition, a neighborhood meeting was held and Sheriff's Office personnel presented information on crime prevention in general and reminded everyone that approximately 95 percent of vehicles that are burglarized have been left unlocked.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office at 225-621-INFO (4636) or Crime Stoppers at 225-344-STOP (7867).