Detectives are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying and locating three unknown males wanted in connection with the burglary of a pawn shop. The incident occurred early this morning, shortly after 4:00 A.M., in the 3000 block of Gentilly Boulevard.
In surveillance video obtained by detectives, three subjects are seen prying open the front door of the establishment and entering with a large City of New Orleans garbage can. The subjects proceeded to the gun display case where they smashed the glass and took approximately 20 handguns. The subjects then continued on to the electronics display case where they smashed the glass and loaded the garbage can with electronics prior to fleeing the location.
Subject #1 was described as wearing a dark knit hat, a dark jacket, dark pants and dark shoes. The subject was also wearing gloves and a light colored shirt with a rag or scarf around the face.
Subject #2 was described as pushing the garbage can wearing a blue hooded jacket, dark colored pants, white tennis shoes, and unknown color gloves.
Subject #3 was described as wearing a dark colored jacket, dark jeans, and dark shoes carrying a large pair of bolt cutters.
A video of the incident can be viewed at http://youtu.be/IjX6yAoE554 .
Third District Detective Joseph Caminita is in charge of the investigation.
Citizens with information that can help solve this crime are asked to call CRIMESTOPPERS at 822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP. You could receive a cash reward of up to $1,000 for the information leading to the arrest and indictment of the responsible person(s). You do not have to give your name nor testify to receive the reward. Citizens can also submit an anonymous tip online to Crimestoppers at www.crimestoppersgno.org
Any person who, after the commission of a felony, shall harbor, conceal, or aid the offender, knowing or having reasonable ground to believe that he has committed the felony, and with the intent that he may avoid or escape from arrest, trial, conviction, or punishment shall be charged with R.S. 14:25; Relative to Accessories After the Fact.
An accessory after the fact may be tried and punished, notwithstanding the fact that the principal felon may not have been arrested, tried, convicted, or amenable to justice.
Whoever becomes an accessory after the fact shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars, or imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for not more than five years, or both; provided that in no case shall his punishment be greater than one-half of the maximum provided by law for a principal offender.
The New Orleans Police Department, under the leadership of Superintendent Ronal W. Serpas, is engaged in a complete transformation in its approach to ensuring that New Orleans is a safer place to live, work and visit. The police force, which currently employs dedicated men and women, is committed to transparency, accountability, collaboration and integrity.
Officer Hilal Williams