Wednesday’s Wheel of Justice report started off with a closer look at three ATM theft cases in the Hammond area. Tangipahoa Parish deputies have not said if the three similar cases are connected. Regardless, somebody is getting away with buckets of cash.
The most recent theft happened at about 2:30 Wednesday morning at a Texaco station on Pumpkin Center Road. Two men drove a mini-van through the store’s front doors and stole the ATM.
Earlier this month, someone broke into the Office of Motor Vehicles in Hammond and stole the ATM there. In that case, the thieves also ran a car through the front doors of the building.
During the last week of April, robbers targeted Ryan’s Deli with a similar heist. The only major difference was they used a cable or chain to tear the doors away from the building and to rip the ATM from the spot where it was anchored.
” I’m not saying they’re geniuses. I’m just saying that they’re getting away with something that, I guess, is easy,” said deli owner Mike Lamonica. “Nobody’s got no leads. That’s the problem. No fingerprints. They’re wearing stuff over their head.:
Wednesday’s “Wheel” report also included the search for a 2013 silver Honda CRV. New Orleans police say it was the getaway car used in a murder on Eagle Street last week. Police say a surveillance camera caught a picture of the car leaving the scene.
New Orleans police also release surveillance camera video of a man who they say is responsible for two armed robberies in or around the French Quarter. They also released a composite sketch of the man based on descriptions given by neighbors in the area of the robberies.
Finally, Wednesday’s report featured the sketch of a man who the NOPD says tried to use a knife to steal a woman’s purse. Police say it happened in the 400 block of Marigny. They say the victim screamed and a Good Samaritan chased away the robber.
If you have information that could help solve any of the crimes profiled in Wednesday’s Wheel of Justice report, call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.