Police Search For Tow Truck Bandit

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Caddy  New Orleans Police need your help to stop a car thief using a tow truck.

They are investigating a crime that happened in broad daylight; at busy downtown parking lot.

“It was gone, shocked,” said auto theft victim Sandra Benjamin.

Sandra Benjamins’ Hammond home has one less vehicle in the garage.

That’s because last Sunday when she and her family were at the Saints game downtown helping to root for the home team police say someone was helping themselves to her 2007 Cadillac Escalade.

“We thought it had been towed by the police,” Benjamin said.

Security camera video shows the culprit.

Police say a man seen driving a black tow truck, made his way into the paid parking lot, located in the 14-hundred block of Canal Street.

Investigators say he went directly to the Escalade; and within seconds lifted it up and rolled away.

“Oh I was so hurt,” Benjamin reflected. “I just got my title last week on it.” “So I was just finished paying off for it.” “So that was devastating,” she said.

Devastating, because for as long as she had the vehicle she had beaten the odds.

The Cadillac Escalade has topped the list a fourth year for the car most likely to be stolen.

“I was so glad didn’t nobody do it at gunpoint while we were riding in it,” Benjamin said.

Now the search is on for the man police say stole the black Escalade with chrome wheels.

The Benjamin family shelled out more than 60-thousand dollars for the vehicle.

So far, the unknown man has gotten away with Scott free.

WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter asked, “You want him caught? I want him caught and when they catch him I hope they follow him where ever he was going with the car,” Benjamin replied.

The tow-truck driver may be guilty of other similar crimes.

If you have information in the case, call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1-1-1-1.