New Orleans Police Brag About Jazz Fest Coverage – Mid-City Messenger



There was little major crime around the fairgrounds during the second week of the Jazz Fest. In addition to a car break-in, public poisoning and theft have been reported.

There were very few major crimes that occurred immediately near or in the Fair Grounds Race Course during the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival – thanks to increased police coverage in the area, New Orleans police said. Orleans.

The area is covered by NOPD’s First District, which covers Mid-City and Treme, and District Three, which includes Lakeview, Gentilly, and Westend, encompassing Delgado Community College, University of New Orleans, and City Park.

“I am happy to report that all hands were on the bridge,” First District Police Commander Otha L. Sandifer said in a meeting at headquarters on Friday.

He added that there was only one car theft during the second week of Jazz Fest in the immediate area, in the 2700 block of Bell Street. The car theft occurred at 5:43 p.m. on Sunday, according to NOPD’s crime map, just hours after a car burglary occurred in the same block at 1:20 p.m. that day.

The second burglary was characterized as a simple theft.

In addition to non-violent crimes such as drug offenses, vandalism, public intoxication or simple theft, a carjacking occurred about ten blocks from the fairgrounds on Toulouse Street and North Jefferson Davis Parkway on Saturday May 3, although a crime map shows no guns were involved.

In the third arrondissement, the only major crime in the immediate vicinity was a vehicle break-in that occurred around 5:30 a.m. on the first Thursday of the Jazz Fest, in the 3300 block of rue Roger Williams, according to the crime map.

According to the map, there were only a handful of major crimes in the immediate vicinity of the fairgrounds during the first weekend.

An armed robbery occurred about six blocks from Jazz Fest on the 2000 Block of North Broad at around 10:30 p.m. Sunday, the last day of the first weekend of Jazz Fest.

There was also a vehicle burglary, a business burglary and a car theft, all of which occurred more than eight blocks from the fairgrounds or across the Bayou St. John.

According to Third District Police Commander Gary Marchese, a robbery at Jazz Fest occurred because a woman left her purse behind her chair. Marchese also believed the car theft in the Third District was planned.

“It was a Ford 66, a classic car, just restored,” Marchese said. “I think someone may have targeted that one.”


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