The crimes have been reported on both ends of St. Tammany Parish.
WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter talked to neighbors in one of 15-subdivisions targeted.
Patsy Miller has learned to be more careful with her vehicle.
She almost always locks her doors; but the one time it was left unlocked thieves took the opportunity.
“They didn’t take anything, but someone definitely was rummaging around.” Trotter asked, “How’s that make you feel? You feel violated of course,” Miller replied.
Police believe Wayne Fisher, 19, Darren Vine, 17, and Gregory Simms, 20, are responsible for as many as 77 vehicle burglaries that occurred on both ends of the parish.
The crimes spanned as many as 15-subdivisions. Forest Brook is one of them.
Chad Favre has heard about the burglaries, but he didn’t know so many of his neighbors were targeted.
“Yeah we kind of consider it a pretty safe neighborhood,” Favre said. “Lot of times I’ll leave my car doors unlocked, but I certainly won’t anymore.”
Investigators say nearly all victims left their car doors unlocked.
Brian Trainor is Deputy Chief with St. Tammany Sheriff’s Office. He offers a first line of defense.
“The advice will be as we always say, please lock your doors even though it’s you driveway,” Trainor said. “You don’t know what’s going on two, three o’clock in the morning. So, lock your doors.”
The three suspects have been booked with simple burglary. Deputies say two other teenagers are wanted for questioning.
Neighbor Tony Icamina believes there are more suspects on the prowl.
“It’s not five kids doing 77 cars, there’s just no way,” Icamina explained.
He says until there are more arrests property owners need to take precautions to protect their stuff.
“Try to tell people just because you live in St. Tammany doesn’t mean you need to leave your car unlocked,” Icamina said.
Detectives are searching for 19-year old Curtis Heels, and 18-year old Chamar James.
If you have information on their whereabouts call Detective Matt Bauer (985) 726-7844.