NOPD seeks help locating .40-cal pistol allegedly stolen in Feb. 25 French Market auto burglary

New Orleans Police are seeking help in locating a .40-caliber pistol allegedly stolen in a Feb. 25 car burglary near the French Market.

The burglary occurred at approximately 12:30 a.m. on Feb. 25 at the intersection of Barracks Street and French Market Place when the passenger side window of a car was shattered and a Smith and Wesson .40-caliber handgun was stolen from the vehicle’s center console, according to New Orleans Police.

The gun’s serial number is FXB5976.

The NOPD provided a photo (pictured above) similar to the one that was taken.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact NOPD Eighth District detectives at 504-658-6080, or to call anonymously to Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll-free at 877-903-7867.

Suspect steps on dropped wallet, takes it in alleged Feb. 19 simple robbery on Dauphine Street

Alleged surveillance footage of a suspect involved in a Feb. 19 simple robbery on Dauphine Street. Courtesy of the NOPD.

New Orleans Police are seeking a man who allegedly stepped on a wallet dropped by a victim, then stealing it before pushing the victim to the ground in a Feb. 19 simple robbery incident on Dauphine Street.

The incident occurred shortly after 2 a.m. when the suspect followed the victim into the 500 block of Dauphine Street, according to New Orleans Police.

The victim dropped his wallet on the ground and before he could pick it up, the suspect stepped on it and pushed the victim to the ground before fleeing the scene, New Orleans Police said.

Anyone who can help New Orleans Police Eighth District detectives identify and locate the pictured subject is asked to call  504-658-6080. Citizens with information are asked to call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll-free at 877-903-7867.

New Orleans SWB concludes investigation into Dec. 16 electrical fault explosion on Dauphine Street; points at Entergy to find root cause

The New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board on Feb. 19 concluded its end of the investigation into the cause of a sudden explosion on Dauphine Street last December, launching several manhole covers into the air and igniting a nearby car.

The explosion occurred at approximately 5 a.m. on Dec. 16 in the 500 block of Dauphine Street, near the intersection of Toulouse and Dauphine, according to the New Orleans Fire Department.

A video taken by an eyewitness was published by WWL-TV on Dec. 16 and shows the front end of a car on fire.

Causes of the explosion include a sewer methane explosion to a faulty Entergy electrical line, according to city officials.

In coordination with Entergy, the SWB launched a process-of-elimination investigation into the explosion’s cause days later, said Executive Director Ghassan Korban.

During the investigation, the SWB learned that the sewer main lines were intact and contained no detectable amount of combustible gas, Korban said.

There was high water in the Entergy Vault, which was above the SWB’s sewage level, which prevented liquid waste collected by the SWB from flowing into the vault, Korban added.

Additionally, Korban said, the sewer line on St. Louis Street was cleaned and inspected, which found no breaks or intrusions.

“It is logical for the agency that owns the vault where the explosion occurred to be responsible for determining the root cause of the explosion,” Korban said. “In the interest of public safety, we stand ready to assist our partners as they continue to search for the cause.”

Identity sought for man who allegedly punched sign, threw food at bar patrons and staff on Dauphine Street

Courtesy of the NOPD.

New Orleans Police is asking the public to help locate and identify a man wanted in connection to an alleged Feb. 16 criminal damage incident that occurred on Dauphine Street.

The incident occurred at approximately 6:30 a.m. at a bar in the 400 block of Dauphine Street when an unidentified male reportedly threw food at patrons and staff, then punched a sign at the business, New Orleans Police said.

The man caused approximately $750 in damages, according to New Orleans Police.

Anyone who may know the identity or location of the pictured subject is asked to contact Eighth District detectives at 504-658-6080. Citizens with information that can help solve a crime are asked to call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll-free at 877-903-7867.

French Quarter street performer arrested for allegedly stealing artists’ carts and pushing them into Mississippi River

Landon Semones. Courtesy of NOPD.

A French Quarter street performer who allegedly pushed more than a dozen artist carts into the Mississippi River during the course of several hours in January was arrested Feb. 17 following an investigation by the New Orleans Police.

Landon Semones, 42, was arrested on 11 counts of theft and one count of authorized entry into a business after entering the Jackson Square Artists Yard on Jan. 31 and pushing at least a dozen artists carts into the river, according to New Orleans Police.

New Orleans Police responded to a call of a theft in the 700 block of Decatur Street at 11:25 a.m. on Jan. 31 and spoke to a victim who stored under the breezeway across the street from Jackson Square.

The victim told officers that he stored his cart under the breezeway on Jan. 30 and upon returning at 7 a.m. the next morning, he noticed the security lock on the door had been tampered with, according to New Orleans Police.

When the victim entered the storage area, he noticed that his cart and numerous other carts were missing.

Project NOLA, a nonprofit crime camera network, released a video on Feb. 12 that allegedly shows Semones pushing the carts one by one into the river during the course of several hours.

During the investigation, New Orleans Police identified Semones as a suspect and issued an arrest warrant.

Semones turned himself into the New Orleans Police Department Eighth District station located at 334 Royal Street at 9 a.m. on Feb. 17 and was booked into the Orleans Parish Justice Center.

Semones, who is known to perform as a mime in the French Quarter, is also known by the name “Dade Murphy.”

The Jan. 31 incident disrupted the daily routines of at least a dozen artists — including painters, musicians and other merchants — who cater to tourists in the heavily-trafficked tourist area of Jackson Square.

The alleged thefts of the carts reportedly damaged thousands of dollars of art and supplies, according to Cassie Tarr, who organized a GoFundMe page to raise money for the artists, adding that many of them lost their livelihoods in the incident.

The incident occurred less than a month before Mardi Gras on Feb. 25, during one of the busiest times of the year for artists, street vendors, performers and hospitality industry workers in the French Quarter.

“Many of the carts [belong] to our beloved older members of Jackson Square, folks who have been part of the cultural fabric of the French Quarter for over 40 years,” Tarr wrote on the GoFundMe page.

The GoFundMe page, which was created on Feb. 5, has raised more than $20,000, just short of the $25,000 goal, and will be distributed equally among the 13 artists who lost their carts, Tarr wrote.

Anyone with additional information on this incident is asked to contact NOPD Eighth District detectives at 504-658-6080.

Ruger handgun reportedly stolen following alleged Feb. 11 vehicle burglary on North Peters Street

A model of the Ruger Highpoint handgun reportedly stolen in the 300 block of North Peters Street on Feb. 11. Courtesy of the NOPD.

New Orleans Police are seeking the public’s help in locating a handgun that was reported stolen on Feb. 11 following an alleged vehicle burglary on North Peters Street.

The victim’s vehicle was parked in an open parking lot in the 300 block of North Peters Street when an unknown suspect reportedly shattered the rear passenger window and removed a Ruger Highpoint handgun from the center console, according to police.

The handgun’s serial number is P1847281.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Eighth District detectives at 504-658-6080. Callers can also contact Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll-free at 877-903-7867.

Police search for suspect who allegedly robbed Keys Fuel Mart on Feb. 13 wearing hunting camouflage

Surveillance camera footage of an alleged suspect who robbed the Keys Fuel Mart gas station on Feb. 13. Courtesy of the NOPD.

The New Orleans Police are searching for a suspect wanted in connection to an alleged Feb. 13 armed robbery at the Keys Fuel Mart gas station on North Rampart Street.

The robbery occurred at about 12:31 a.m. when a suspect wearing hunting camouflage entered the Keys Fuel Mart in the 1100 block of North Rampart Street and displayed a handgun at the clerk, New Orleans Police said.

The suspect handed a white plastic bag to the clerk, who filled it with an unknown amount of cash and handed it back to the suspect, police said.

Courtesy of the NOPD.

The suspect then fled the scene up Governor Nicholls Street toward North Claiborne Avenue, then unknown after that, New Orleans Police said.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact NOPD First District detectives at 504-658-6010. Anonymous callers can contact Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll-free at 877-903-7867.

NOPD searches for suspect who allegedly snatched food stamp card, punched victim in the face

Surveillance camera footage of the alleged Feb. 9 suspect who snatched a victim’s food stamp card. Courtesy of the NOPD.

A suspect allegedly punched a victim in the face Feb. 9 after snatching their food stamp card on Canal Street, according to New Orleans Police.

According to New Orleans Police, the incident occurred at about 1 a.m. in the 800 block of Canal Street when the suspect allegedly snatched a food stamp card out of the hands of the victim.

The victim reportedly made an attempt to retrieve the card from the suspect, who struck the victim in the face and fled the scene, New Orleans Police said.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact NOPD Eighth District detectives at 504-658-6080. Anonymous callers can contact Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll-free at 877-903-7867.

Man walking on Bourbon Street allegedly lured into SUV, then robbed at gunpoint

New Orleans Police are searching for this man seen walking on Bourbon Street with a Feb. 9 armed robbery victim.

New Orleans Police are seeking to locate a man seen walking on Bourbon Street with a victim who was allegedly lured into an SUV on Feb. 9 and robbed at gunpoint by two suspects.

The victim told investigators that he was lured into an unknown SUV at about 1 a.m. on Feb. 9 and taken to an unknown location, according to New Orleans Police.

While inside the SUV, the victim was robbed at gunpoint by two unknown black males who were sitting in the rear set, police said.

During the investigation, detectives discovered that the victim had been walking on Bourbon Street at about 12:13 a.m. with a black male, who is pictured above, according to New Orleans Police.

The man is sought for questioning as a person of interest in the investigation and is not considered to be a suspect at this time, New Orleans Police said.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact NOPD Eighth District detectives at 504-658-6080. Anonymous callers can contact Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll-free 877-903-7867.