Arrest Made And Suspects Identified In String Of Metairie Vehicle Burglaries

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(WGNO) - A New Orleans teenager is behind bars and Jefferson Parish investigators are searching for three others.

They’re accused of committing a series of vehicle burglaries in Metairie.

WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter has the latest in the case and reaction from neighbors.

"I think it’s a good thing that something is being done," neighbor Amber Littlejohn said.

Metairie neighbors are pleased to hear about the recent arrest in a rash of vehicle burglaries.

Numerous vehicles were targeted two weeks ago along Metairie Lawn Drive.

"I was very shocked to learn about it, especially in the area you know," Littlejohn said.

Detectives say security camera video shows four men checking for unlocked doors and stealing property from vehicles.

Investigators say one man is seen pointing a gun at the property owners front door while the thefts occurred.

The same night a 2013 black Honda Accord was stolen from a home in the 300 block of Labarre Drive.

"We located that vehicle in New Orleans East and they attempted to torch that vehicle in an attempt to destroy anything of evidentiary value to this investigation. Obviously they did not succeed, said Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand.

Friday authorities located and arrested 18-year old Ronnie Robinson at his Haynes Boulevard home.

He was taken in for further questioning and gave authorities the names of the three individuals he says was with him during the burglaries.

"I say good job because minor stuff, since we have so much other crime going on, minor stuff like that don't really get noticed."

"So we're happy that we're about to bring this case to a conclusion from the identification standpoint. We still very concerned about getting our hands on "nut", Teddy Nathan, and Gerrin Brown. And we would like to have any help from the public in that regard," Normand said.

Neighbors we talked to say they'll be better about locking their doors.

"And pay more attention; especially if I’m out here at night," Littlejohn said.

Detectives are actively searching for the suspects.

If you have information that might help investigators with the case, you're asked to call Crime stoppers (504) 822-1111.