‘Career car burglar’ arrested by NOPD detective moments after alleged Bienville Street vehicle break-in

(Photo: Richard Thornton | NOPD)
A 42-year-old man was arrested earlier this month by a New Orleans Police Eighth District detective moments after an alleged auto burglary on Bienville Street.

Richard Thornton, who is described as a “career car burglar” was arrested by a police platoon moments after a vehicle break-in that occurred on Aug. 13 at about 9:30 a.m., according to St. Jamie Roach.

The victim allegedly observed Thornton burglarizing his vehicle and immediately notified police, who immediate responded to the incident.

Thornton was located by NOPD Detective Ron Howard near the intersection of North Peters and Conti streets, according to Roach.

Through the investigation, it was later learned Thornton was pulling on car door handles throughout two parking lots.

Thornton was booked into Orleans Parish Justice Center on suspicion of criminal mischief, illegal possession of stolen things and simple burglary. His bail is set at $6,000.

Anyone with additional information on this incident is asked to contact Eighth District Detective Ryan St. Martin at 504-658-6080 or email at rstmartin@nola.gov.

Addendum, 8/26/20, 2:51 a.m. CST: Two additional auto burglaries occurred on Aug. 9 and 13, according to New Orleans Police:

Sunday, Aug. 9 at 4 p.m. in the 300 block of North Peters Street;

Thursday, Aug. 13 at 1035 a.m. near the intersection of Burgundy and Barracks streets.

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