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VEHICLE BURGLARY INVESTIGATION

Thursday, November 29, 2012 03:03 PM

On November 28, 2012 around 2:47 AM, First District Patrol Officers were dispatched to the 200 block of Rosewood Drive in Metairie to investigate repeated 911 calls of suspects running on Rosewood Drive towards the railroad tracks.

First responding offices arriving in the area quickly established a perimeter in hopes of keeping the suspect contained within. While doing so, additional radio broadcasts indicated the suspects, all wearing hoods over their heads, were seen running on Hollywood Drive towards Metairie Road. Shortly thereafter, several of the suspects were seen running across Metairie Road, prompting a short foot pursuit. After a brief struggle, three of the four suspects were taken into custody. The fourth black male remained at-large.

A canvass of the area confirmed vehicle burglaries occurred at the following locations, including one, where a marked LSP vehicle had a weapon taken from within.

201 Ridgewood Dr.
235 Hollywood Dr.
250 Hollywood Dr.
41 1/2 Metairie Ct.
47 Metairie Ct.
94 Metairie Ct.
235 Rosewood Dr. (Attempt Burglary)

Harris and Carter were transported to the JPSO Investigations Bureau while the Juvenile was transported to the Rivarde Juvenile Detention Center. Harris was interviewed by Detective Randy Thibodeaux who admitted committing numerous vehicle burglaries in the area where they were apprehended. Harris also provided Detective Thibodeaux the names of the other suspects who were with him that morning. Harris told Thibodeaux they were pulling on vehicle door handles, and upon opening those whose doors were unlocked, removed the contents.

Upon sharing the above information with JP Burglary Detective Louis Frost, Jr. it was determined from interviews that the property taken from the vehicles on November 28 was discarded as they were fleeing from the police in the yard of a home in the area. Harris also identified Mario Marrero, B/M, 18, of 1306 France Road in New Orleans as the suspect who remained at-large.

As this investigation was progressing, Detective Frost learned that several unlocked vehicle burglaries occurred in the Old Metairie area on November 26, 2012 as well as a 2005 Acura, 2009 Ford F-150 and a 2009 Honda Accord were stolen during that same time period in the same area. On November 27, 2012 NOPD recovered the abandoned 2009 Honda in New Orleans.

With the assistance of the JPSO CIC it was determined through our ALPR camera program that a 2003 Ford Sport Track, stolen from NO on November 25, 2012 entered the Old Metairie area during the early morning hours of November 26 and on November 28. These dates, investigators determined were the same time period when the Nov. 26 incidents occurred along with the time period when the suspects were apprehended. With the use of the ALPR mobile unit members of Project STAR recovered the stolen Ford F-150 abandoned at 1424 Clouet Street in New Orleans. A 2008 BMW 328, stolen from JP on November 26, 2012 was also recovered at Clouet and N. Claiborne.

Harris agreed to accompany Detective Frost and others to the Old Metairie area to retrace the path where the burglaries occurred. Harris also directed investigators to the address of 158 Rosewood Drive where the property (cell phones, electronics, etc.), including the LSP weapon was recovered. Suspect Carter told investigators that he saw Mario Marrero with a Glock 40 caliber handgun on the same date in which such a weapon was stolen from a vehicle in the Old Metairie. Carter also saw Marrero driving the 2008 BMW 328 on the same day in which it was reported stolen. Carter told Frost that Mario Marrero was also driving the Ford Sport Track used to commit the burglaries and vehicle thefts in Old Metairie. Carter and Harris told investigators that Marrero resided at 1306 France St., New Orleans. Mario Marrero was arrested without incident that same date at his home.

The following are the updated charges on all of the suspects involved:

Michael Harris booked with 22 counts of Simple Burglary
Marvin Carter booked with 22 counts of Simple Burglary
Mario Marrero booked with 22 counts of Simple Burglary
JUVENILE booked on 22 counts of Simple Burglary

As this investigation continues, there is a possibility additional charges could be forthcoming. There is also the likelihood that additional suspects may be involved in the above incidents.

Anyone with information in this matter, or who may the whereabouts of the remaining stolen vehicles is asked to contact Detective Louis Frost at 504-364-5300 or Crimestoppers.

With the exception of the LSP vehicle, all of the vehicles had no forced. We have video of the suspects pulling on door handles until they found an unlocked car. If the vehicle was locked the suspects walked away.

212 HOLLYWOOD DR
235 ROSEWOOD DR
211 HOLLYWOOD DR
251 HOLLYWOOD DR
246 HOLLYWOOD DR
219 RIDGEWOOD DR
240 HOLLYWOOD DR
1003 OLD METAIRIE DR
611 ROSEWOOD DR
217 W WILLIAM DAVID
513 ROSEWOOD DR
218 RIDGEWOOD DR
215 SENA DR
816 OLD METAIRIE DR
242 RIDGEWOOD DR
242 RIDGEWOOD DR
223 SYCAMORE DR
210 W OAKRIDGE PK
206 W OAKRIDGE PK
179 E OAKRIDGE PK

All of the auto thefts had keys inside vehicle or in another vehicle at the same address that was also unlocked. We had no defeated ignition locks or columns.
210 W OAKRIDGE PK
180 W OAKRIDGE PK
180 E OAKRIDGE PK
189 E OAKRIDGE PK

It should be noted at this point, although we occasionally experience a rash of vehicle burglaries such as the ones mentioned above, we want the public to know that the majority of vehicles burglarized are always left unlocked. Everyone must be reminded to remove their valuables, especially firearms, from within their vehicles and to lock all of their doors at all times.

Photos of Harris, Carter and Marrero are attached.


Colonel John N. Fortunato
Commander,
Public Information Office
Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office
1233 Westbank Expressway
Harvey, LA 70058
504-363-5521 Office
504-616-8731 Cell
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