BOSSIER PARISH, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking all Shreveport and Bossier City residents to lock their vehicles while they are at home or while out shopping.
Public Information Officer Bill Davis said they are continuing to see people leave their doors unlocked at their homes, shopping plazas, and even at churches. This being an open invitation for criminals to break in and take valuable items.
“They will check vehicles to see if they are locked or unlocked. If they find one that is unlocked they will simply open it up, take what they want and be on their way, in a matter of seconds,” Davis said.
This warning comes after the agency received a surveillance video of an unidentified suspect breaking into multiple cars Saturday between the hours of 2:30 and 3:30 in the afternoon.
The video from the BPSO can be seen below.
Davis said this case is pretty rare because crimes like this usually happen at night. He called the suspect gutsy.
The suspect drove a stolen Cadillac out of Bossier City. The car has been found by Bossier City Police Department but the suspect is still out on the lose.
Davis said nowadays people have to be cognizant of their surroundings.
One Louisiana resident by the name of Elmira Wafer, talked about her past experience of being a victim of a car burglary.
“You have to keep your cars locked, even in the daytime now,” she said. “They broke the window to my car but the door was already unlocked. I had a laptop in there and that’s what they were after and they got it,” Wafer said.
“Make sure you lock your vehicles because unfortunately, bad guys are still doing what they want to do,” Davis said.
A few residents from the area shared their ways on how they prevent themselves from being victims of this crime.
“What I would most likely do is put it under my seat, or put it in my holder, or if not that behind your seat, or maybe in your trunk.” Gabriel Freeman said.
“If it is something you really care about and it’s possible to keep it with you at all times. I think parking closer to other cars , making sure you are around a bunch of other people, and closer to the stores where people can see you would help out a lot,” Tyler Emory said.
“I always lock the vehicle. I never leave any packages in plain sight,” James Riley said.
Wafer said she takes full responsibility for her car burglary and she has learned a valuable lesson from it.
“Don’t ever leave any objects visible for someone else to see,” Wafer said.
If you recognize the suspect in the video you are asked to call the Bossier Crime Stoppers at 318-424-4100.