Uptown Shop Owners’ Car Stolen
New Orleans Police are searching for a man who drove away in a stolen car.
It happened Thursday morning outside of a popular bakery in Uptown.
WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter has the video and reaction from the car owner.
Welcome to ManhattanJack. It’s a coffee-house and bakery in Uptown that’s just full of fine eats and sweet treats.
But what happened here Thursday morning is anything but savory.
“I have a lot of anger for that,” said owner Jack Petronella.
Petronella and his co-owner, Coleman Jernigan had just opened for business when they noticed their car missing.
“I first thought I’m going crazy,” Jernigan recounted. “I must have parked it around the block of something.”
But a camera mounted overhead shows he did park in his normal spot, around 4:30 am.
The shop opens at 7am.
“And it was about that time the ball started rolling in my head of what was really going on,” Jernigan said.
Video shows a modern day Bonnie and Clyde plotting the silver Kia Optima.
Moments later the woman is seen walking on the side-walk, as the man hops in the driver’s seat.
“It was unlocked,” Petronella admitted.
What’s caught on tape next is what had the victims speechless.
“I got goose bumps up and down my arms. It’s a very very strange feeling to see someone take your property like that,” Petronella said.
“You feel violated, and in a weird way,” Jernigan added. “You’re like a voyeur watching your own violation.”
The man is first seen rummaging through the vehicle, and he eventually finds the key that was accidentally left on the console.
“Probably because we go into work at 4:30 in the morning, we don’t always have it together,” Petronella said.
The man is seen walking away from the car, and he uses the key to lock up; as indicated by the flashing lights.
Minutes later he casually walks back, gets in, and drives away.
“He couldn’t have done it slower. “I mean this man actually looks as if it’s his own car,” Petronella said in amazement.
But it’s not.
“I want my car back,” Jernigan said. “We run the business with the car; I make deliveries with the car. I get supplies with the car.”
Now a stranger has it, and police want you to identify him.
“Because it is somebody’s friend or somebody’s relative,” Petronella said.
If you have information that might help with the investigation, you’re asked to call Crimestoppers (504) 822-1111.