Shreveport police say that they have seen the number of burglaries double in parts of East Shreveport compared to the same time last year.
Scenes of police cars responding to daytime and nighttime burglaries are becoming all too common in 'District 5' of Shreveport, which includes Broadmoor, South Highlands, Anderson Island and Shreve City. A home on Justin Avenue in the Broadmoor area was most recently hit yesterday by a burglar. A man who lives at the residence returned home to find a suspicious car parked in his driveway and the burglar inside his home. The suspect was able to get away in the car, but the resident gave a very detailed description of the man and vehicle to detectives.
On Wednesday afternoon, authorities were able to identify the suspect as Edgar Brooks, 45, of Sibley, Louisiana. Authorities with the Webster Parish Sheriff's Office located Brooks and took him into custody. Detectives are investigating into whether Brooks could be connected to other similar residential burglaries in the area.
Sgt. Tom Oster, with the Property Crimes Division of the Shreveport Police Department, told us that they've seen an uncommonly-high number of nighttime burglaries in these neighborhoods since, historically, burglaries happen during the daytime when people are at work.
Detectives say that in most of the nearly 50 area burglaries since the beginning of the year, the suspects smash open a door or window, quickly grab a purse or laptop on a counter and get out of the house. This quick smash-and-grab method leaves little time for homeowners to get a description of the suspect. "They hear something smash. They're upstairs or in another part of the house," Sgt. Oster explained. "By the time they get to the kitchen or whatever, the suspect's in, got the purse and got out."
Steve Mudd, whose bicycle was stolen from outside of his South Highlands home last year, said that he and his neighbors stay on alert and keep an eye out for one another. He told us that he is not worried, but that some of the older residents in the neighborhood may be. "Police have been coming around pretty regularly, so they've been doing a good job," Mudd said.
Patrols have increased in these neighborhoods, but detectives say that they especially need citizens' help to keep their neighborhoods safe. "With the help of the citizens out there calling us when they see stuff, letting us know, we're going to catch up with (the suspects)," said Sgt. Oster.
If you have any information about recent burglaries, you are urged to call Crime Stoppers at (318) 673-7373.