New Orleans (WVUE)-A resident of the French Quarter warned of some kind of theft that many people might not have thought of now, but he said that in the past few months it has become a serious problem for neighbors.
According to some residents, thieves have been tracking copper drains and downpipes on historic houses in the French Quarter.
“I’m still dealing with my son to prepare him for school. When I walked outside, I noticed that my flower basket was missing,” Micah Lowenthal said.
At around 7 AM on Thursday, Lowenthal may have lost one of his new flower pots, but he obtained valuable camera shots of the thieves and even captured them circling in a white car and surrounding his house.
“They came about 20 minutes early, stood on my porch again, and decided that they needed tools because there were about 10 metal zippers to secure the basket,” Lowenthal said.
He said that such things often happen to his neighbours in the French Quarter, especially with regard to copper.
“They like to steal sinks, downpipes, and other things we think can be resold,” Lowenthal said.
However, the joke of these people is that the flowerpot is not made of copper, and now you can take a good look at their faces and license plates in the eighth area of NOPD. When their drains and downpipes were torn off, the 10 to 15 neighbors who reached out to Lowenthal would never get something.
Dr. Ashraf Esmail, a criminologist at Dillard University, said: “You know, this is a very profitable illegal business, and they sold it and made some money from it.”
Esmail said he was not surprised to see this.
“The time between the hurricane and October is really hot, and you would suspect it is happening,” Esmael said.
NOPD reports that property crime across the city has dropped by 11%, and city data shows that external thefts have dropped by nearly 43% this quarter, but Lowenthal believes that these numbers do not reflect the actual situation of his neighbors.
“They don’t report it because they have never done anything,” Lowenthal said. “And unfortunately. We like NOPD. We like the eighth district.”
Esmail said that with the exception of homicides, crime statistics are difficult to track, and you can’t really tell what is going up or down, because he said that the National Crime Survey found that many people did not report it.
“It’s not because they feel that the police are not doing anything, it’s just that the police can’t do anything about this type of crime,” Esmael said.
So, next time you look at a historic building, Lowenthal said you might notice that many drains and downpipes are missing.
“When the city government does not hold these criminals accountable, they feel that they should not bear the cost of replacing these facilities,” Lowenthal said.
Lowenthal said that drains and downpipes must be ordered at a price of between $600 and $800, not to mention the lengthy process of obtaining approval from the neighborhood committee for replacement.
If anyone has any information, please call NOPD District 8 detective.
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