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August 2019 Security Update

Seth Gautier, from East Baton Rouge Police Department and the new GDCA off-duty police coordinator for our neighborhood patrols, met the GDCA board at the September board meeting. He gave an overview of what to expect from him and his officers. Halley Stafford will continue to be involved and provide detailed updates to the board. There are three officers who patrol our neighbors. Two are usually with traffic patrols when on duty. Patrols will stop vehicles in the neighborhood when they see violations and start by giving warnings. He gave a monthly report. A high percentage of the crimes are crimes of opportunity. The monthly report will continue to be reported in the GDCA newsletter. To reach Officer Gautier, please contact GDCA former president and current board Security Liaison, Eric Troutman, at [email protected].

In addition, Officer Gautier recommends that the board look into obtaining more up-to-date alley signs with the current ordinance that applies to them, 11:286 of the Traffic Code Ordinances.

August Security Report

  • 8/1/19 at 1036 hours, a resident at Tulip Street reported an attempted residential burglary. The resident advised Officers that a black male wearing a white shirt, light color shorts and green and orange shoes walked up to his front door and knocked on the door. The male attempted to gain entry through the front door. The front door was locked, so the male jumped the fence to the backyard and attempted to open the back door, which was locked. The resident saw the male, and the male ran off. The resident lost sight of the male and Officers were unable to locate him.
  • 8/1/19 at 1407 hours, Custom Security reported a back door alarm at Myrtle Walk Ave. Responding Officers observed a burglary had occurred and several items were stolen from the home.
  • 8/3/19 at 1007 hours, a resident at Camellia Ave. reported an aggravated burglary of a vehicle. The resident reported two black males were burglarizing their vehicle. When the resident confronted the males, one pointed a firearm at the resident. Officers were unable to locate the males, but did obtain video surveillance of the incident.
  • 8/6/19 at 1710 hours, Officers responded to a burglary at Park Bl. The resident reported someone had broken into his home during the day and stole his PlayStation along with three firearms.
  • 8/8/19 at 1404 hours, a resident at Park Bl. reported a burglary. The resident advised someone broke into the home throughout the day and stole $4,000 worth of jewelry, a laptop, and personal documents.
  • 8/9/19 at 1356 hours, a resident at Park Bl. reported a residential burglary that occurred between 0600 hours and 1330 hours. The glass on the back door had been shattered with a brick for the suspect to gain entry. The resident advised nothing was missing from the home that they could immediately tell, but the home had been rummaged through.
  • 8/9/19 at 1520 hours, a resident at Park Bl. reported a residential burglary that occurred within the few hours prior. The glass on the back door had been shattered with a brick for the suspect to gain entry. This home has bars on the back door which prevented the suspect from entering after the glass was shattered.
  • 8/17/19 at 1750 hours, Officers responded to Kleinert Ave. relative to an abandoned vehicle. The vehicle was tagged with a 48 hour notice.
  • 8/17/19 at 1744 hours, Officers responded to Wisteria Street relative to a damage to property complaint. The resident advised a juvenile busted the rear windshield to her vehicle because the juvenile did not like her son. Officers located the juvenile suspect and arrested him.
  • 8/20/19 at 1431 hours, the resident at Cherokee Street reported that she observed a black male looking into houses earlier in the day. She later observed the male pushing a lawn mower down the street. However, she reported the incident hours after.
  • 8/21/19 at 2053 hours, Officers responded to Cherokee Street relative to a Hit & Run crash where an argument was heard in the background. Officers reported they were dispatched to a possible fistic encounter stemming from the crash. Upon arrival, nothing was located in the area. Officers called the original complainant. They advised they left the area, and no longer wished to file a report.

ALL BURGLARIES ARE PENDING INVESTIGATION

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Claire PittmanAugust 2019 Security Update

July 2019 Security Update

7/2/19 at 0216 hours, Officers responded to the complaint of a suspicious vehicle in the alley near the 2100 block of Wisteria. However, there was no vehicle in the alley when Officers arrived.

7/4/19 at 1714 hours, Officers responded to the 2100 block of Cherokee Street relative to a suspicious incident. The resident reported that a white male with a ponytail and purple shirt knocked on her door, then advised he was at the wrong house. Officers were unable to locate the male in the area.

7/6/149 at 1505 hours, the complainant reported an unknown person left a suspicious note on the front steps of the church at 601 Park Blvd. The note did not contain any threats, and this report was made for documentation purposes.

7/7/19 at 1847 hours, Officers responded to a suspicious incident in the 2100 block of Cherokee Street. An anonymous complainant reported 3-4 black males on bicycles pulling car door handles in the area. Officers patrolled the area and did not locate the males.

7/10/19 at 1149, a resident in the 2100 block of Tulip St. reported her neighbor kept parking on her grass, so she left a note on their car. The neighbor then left a written response. Officers contacted the resident who left the response. He apologized and moved his vehicle.
7/10/19 at 1418 hours, Officers responded to a call in the 2100 block of Tulip. The resident advised her ex-husband’s son’s friend hit her in the back of the head several times when she told him he had to leave her home. Note** the suspect in this case was the same male that left the note on the resident’s vehicle in the call on 7/10/49 at 1149 hours.

7/11/19 at 1226 hours, Officers responded to an emotionally disturbed person in the 2100 block of Kleinert Ave. The complainant reported her nephew lives at this address, and he had called her stating he was hearing voices. EMS transported the nephew to the hospital prior to Officers’ arrival.

7/11/19 at 2013 hours, Officers responded to a suspicious incident where the front door was left opened in the 2200 block of Kleinert Ave. Upon arrival, Officers cleared the residence and no one was inside. Officers were unable to contact the homeowners, and secured the door.

7/14/19 at 1821 hours, Officers responded to the 2100 block of Kleinert Ave. relative to an overdose. The resident was overdosing, possibly on heroin. He was transported to the hospital.

7/20/19 at 0208 hours, a Taxi Cab driver reported a theft in the 2200 block of Kleinert Ave. The driver reported the resident at this address owed money for his fare, and did not pay. The resident did not have the money, and could not locate anyone to borrow the money from. The Taxi driver wished to have the resident banned from using their services.

7/23/19 at 1330 hours a resident in the 900 block of Camelia Ave. called to report harassment by her neighbor over a situation regarding abuse/neglect to the neighbor’s dog. The complainant stated she has been calling Animal Control for a while regarding their neighbors abusing and neglecting their dogs. The complainant advised she saw a post on Nextdoor where the dogs were loose, and she commented on the post. Since then, the neighbors have been harassing the complainant and sending derogatory messages. The complainant did not want to pursue charges, but wanted Officers to contact the neighbor to diffuse the harassment. Officers contacted the neighbor who complained that the complainant took the dog, refused to give it back, and started harassing them first. The neighbor advised they were seeking legal advice and would no longer contact the complainant since the dog has been returned.

7/30/19 at 0830 hours, a resident in the 1200 block of Park Blvd. reported a firearm had been stolen during a vehicle burglary that occurred overnight. There was no forced entry to the vehicle, so it is likely that it was left unlocked.

7/30/19 at 1257 hours, a resident in the 1200 block of Park Blvd. reported a residential burglary that occurred between 4/20/19 and 7/30/19. The door was kicked off of the frame and several electronics were stolen.

7/30/19 at 1450 hours, a resident in the 1200 block of Park Blvd. reported a vehicle burglary that occurred overnight due to the vehicle being unlocked. A wallet, debit card, and tablet were stolen from the vehicle.

ALL BURGLARIES ARE PENDING INVESTIGATION

7/31/19 at 1227 hours, an anonymous complainant reported a purse and clothing in the area that appeared to have been dumped. Officers arrived and were unable to locate the items.

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Claire PittmanJuly 2019 Security Update

April 2019 Security Update

  • 4/1/19 at 2158 hours, Officers responded to a disturbance at 2164 Tulip Street. The resident advised a female on scene was causing a disturbance. The resident agreed the female could stay if she would calm down. The female agreed and no further disturbances were reported.
  • 4/13/19 at 1335 hours, Officers responded to a loud music complaint at 1130 Park Bl. Officers contacted the individual with loud music and he agreed to wear headphones to further prevent disturbing his neighbors.
  • 4/17/19 at 0941 hours, Officers responded to 614 Park Bl. The resident advised a Lilly plant and a statute were stolen from their front porch. This case is still being investigated and there are no known suspects at this time.
  • 4/24/19 at 2310 hours, Officers responded to 2105 Kleinert Ave. relative to the resident receiving unwanted calls to their phone. The resident reported an unknown person called their phone 30 times in a row from an unknown number. Officers were unable to determine who the caller was. The resident believed it was an ex.  
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John WilliamsApril 2019 Security Update

March 2019 Security Update

  • 3/4/19 at 0011 hours, Officers responded to Camellia Ave. relative to an individual at this address stating they were feeling suicidal. The individual was transported to the hospital for a psychological evaluation.
  • 3/10/19 at 1237 hours, Officers responded to a suspicious incident at Park Bl. The complainant requested Officers clear their abandoned residence because they thought trespassers were inside conducting criminal activity. Officers cleared the residence and reported that no one was inside.
  • 3/13/19 at 0954 hours a resident at Kleinert reported that their front door was open when they returned home. The resident reported they had closed and locked the door before they left. There was no evidence of forced entry, no one inside of the home, and no items missing from the home. The resident advised they feared an estranged lover may have been inside of their home. However, there were no signs that anyone had been in the home.
  • 3/14/19 at 1629 hours Officers responded to Park Bl. relative to a medical call. A resident suffering from dementia was having a psychological episode and was subsequently transported to OLOL.
  • 3/15/19 at 2237 hours, a resident at Kleinert Ave. reported a vehicle burglary that occurred on this date between 1730 and 1830 hours. The vehicle was left unlocked and rummaged through. The resident’s checkbook, iPad, and $4 worth of change were missing. There were no surveillance cameras in the area.
  • 3/16/19 at 0640 hours, a resident at Camellia Ave. reported a vehicle burglary that occurred throughout the night. The resident advised their vehicle was locked, but the suspect managed to enter it. The suspect stole a laptop, iPad, Apple pencil, wallet, Beats headphones, Ray Ban sunglasses, and a firearm. There were no surveillance cameras in the area.
  • 3/17/19 at 1144 hours, Officers responded to a disturbance at Park Bl. The resident accused their neighbor of placing nails, staples, and screws in their driveway to intentionally damage their tires. The resident advised there is an ongoing dispute with the neighbor. Officers contacted the neighbor who advised they were unaware of any kind of dispute the resident could have been talking about, but the neighbor did advise the resident does not like them. Officers reported they believe the resident suffers from a mental disorder or is an emotionally disturbed person.
  • 3/20/19 at 1500 hours a resident at Park Bl. reported their identity had been stolen. The resident advised an unknown person has been using their identity. This case is still under investigation.
  • 3/21/19 at 2021 hours, a resident at Park Bl. reported a suspicious incident. The resident advised a white male was on the sidewalk in front of their residence with blood covering their shirt. Officers located the male, who advised he had a fight with his roommate. The male stated his lip was bleeding but he did not want medical attention. He also stated he did not want to make a report about the fight.
  • 3/26/19 at 0848 hours, an anonymous person reported a suspicious incident at Park Bl. The complainant advised a female appeared to be intoxicated and talking to a Mickey Mouse doll in the area. The Officer reported he patrolled the area and was unable to locate the female or re-contact the complainant.
  • 3/30/19 at 0335 hours, a resident at Tulip St. reported their vehicle stolen. The vehicle was taken from in front of the residence. This case is pending investigation.
  • 3/30/19 at 1348 hours, a resident at Park Bl. reported an attempted vehicle burglary. The resident advised he went into his apartment briefly and left his vehicle running. Upon returning to his vehicle, he realized it had been moved and the doors were locked. He observed juveniles in the area, who ran when they saw him looking at them. The juveniles had the complainant’s keys and threw them while they were running. There was nothing missing from the vehicle.
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John WilliamsMarch 2019 Security Update

February 2019 Security Update

  • 2/1/19 at 2145 hours a resident at Camellia Ave reported the theft of a firearm. The resident advised they have a caretaker that allows her boyfriend to come over while she is on shift. The caretaker’s boyfriend has caused problems at the home recently, and as of today, the firearm is missing. It is unknown who took the firearm exactly, but the only people in the home were the caretaker and her boyfriend.
  • 2/2/19 at 1518 hours the complainant asked Officers to conduct a welfare check on a 12 year old child at Camellia Ave. Officers arrived and were unable to contact anyone at the home.
  • 2/3/19 at 0031 hours an anonymous complainant advised Officers of loud music coming from Tulip Street. Officers arrived and did not hear any loud music in the area. Officers were unable to contact anyone at the given address.
  • 2/6/19 at 1943 hours a resident at Park Bl. called Officers to complain of a neighbor’s dog barking in the apartment above hers. Officers attempted to contact the resident with the dog, but nobody answered the door.
  • 2/9/19 at 1531 hours, the complainant asked Officers to conduct a welfare check on his ex-wife at Camellia Ave. Upon arrival, Officers spoke with the ex-wife and learned the complainant has been stalking her. The complainant was just released from jail for stalking charges. The complainant was unable to be contacted initially, but later arrived at the Camellia address. The complainant was then advised by Officers to leave his ex-wife alone and not to return.
  • 2/10/19 at 2146 hours, Officers responded to the complaint of dogs barking at Park Bl. The complainant advised the dogs had been barking for 8 hours today nonstop. Officers attempted to reach the owner of the dogs, but were unsuccessful. Officers advised the complainant to call animal control.
  • 2/12/19 at 2220 hours, Officers responded to a disturbance at Kleinert Ave. The resident advised someone had been calling her back-to-back, over 30 times, from an unknown number. The resident could not block the calls, and when she spoke to the person, she could not understand what they were saying. Officers were unable to trace the call because the caller was blocking their number.
  • 2/12/19 at 2313 hours, Officers responded to the block of Tulip Street relative to an anonymous complaint of loud yelling in the area. Upon arrival, Officers did not locate anyone yelling or any loud noises in the area.
  • 2/13/19 at 2038 hours a resident at Camellia Ave. reported a burglary. The resident advised he is moving out of the home and things stored in the garage that he intended to move. The resident admitted to recently hiring a “shady” guy recently to help with the move, and that the guy knew items were in the garage. The garage also did not properly close, and the guy knew that as well. The resident reported numerous items valued at over $1,000 were missing. The resident also advised that all items were missing within the last three days, and did not come up missing at one time.
  • 2/17/19 at 0530 hours, I, Off. Stafford, was flagged down by a resident walking his dog who advised someone was passed out in the front yard of Wisteria Street. I contacted this person and observed she was heavily intoxicated. This individual refused EMS assistance and behaved in a disorderly manner once she woke up. This individual also refused assistance to leave the Garden District area, stating she was at home, when in fact she lived in Denham Springs. I transported the female to 1st District where I issued a Summons for Disturbing the Peace by Public Intoxication and called a ride for the female.
  • 2/18/19 at 2117 hours a resident at Myrtle Ave advised of a suspicious incident. Officers reported the resident stated a black male walked to their door but did not ring the doorbell. The male left the resident after a few minutes in a newer model white SUV with a luggage rack on top of it. The male was said to be African American, in his fifties, wearing a hat that stated “news boy,” and a gray plaid jacket.

 

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John WilliamsFebruary 2019 Security Update

January 2019 Security Update

  • 1/5/19 at 1653 hours a resident at Oleander Street reported a residential burglary had occurred. The home is under construction, and a neighbor witnessed the burglary at approximately 1500 hours. The neighbor advised they noticed one of the suspects appeared to be a male that had previously done construction work on the home. The neighbor advised three black males came to the residence in a white Chevrolet truck and took multiple items from the residence. The following items were stolen: 3 Microwaves ($1200), 2 Stackable Washer and Dryers ($2000), 3 Refrigerators ($3000) and 1 Stove ($700).
  • 1/11/19 at 0219 hours Officers responded to the report of a disturbance due to an intoxicated person at Oleander Street. The complainant stated he saw an intoxicated female in the Splash nightclub and offered her a ride home due to her level of intoxication. The complainant stated the female began causing a disturbance inside of the vehicle on the way home. The complainant stated they did not know the female they were bringing home but were only trying to help because the she was so inebriated. The complainant advised they were unsure of which residence the female lives at in the area. Officers contacted the female who advised she was only “having a good time” in the vehicle. The female was in front of her residence on Wisteria Street so Officers assisted her inside.
  • 1/11/19 at 2204 hours, a resident near Oleander reported a suspicious male riding a bicycle through the neighborhood and looking into vehicles. Officers responded to the area but were unable to locate the male or anyone in the area that appeared to be suspicious.
  • 1/16/19 at 1235 hours, a resident at Wisteria Street reported a vehicle burglary. The resident advised their purse was taken from their vehicle between 1040 and 1230 hours on this date. The resident advised they left the doors to their vehicle unlocked. A male suspect wearing a gray track suit was observed via video surveillance taking the purse out of the vehicle.
  • 1/17/19 at 0842 hours, a resident near 600 Camellia Street reported a vehicle that had been improperly parked and blocking the stop sign for five days. Officers responded and cited the vehicle for being parked too close to the stop sign.
  • 1/18/19 at 1901 hours a resident at Camellia reported that an unknown female asked them to contact police because a male was chasing her. Officers responded to the area and could not locate the female or any suspicious male in the area. Officers had no way of re-contacting the female.
  • 1/19/19 at 1001 hours the Youth Challenge Program contacted Officers to conduct a welfare check on two juveniles who ran away from the program and possibly went to Tulip Street. The resident at Tulip Street advised one of the juveniles is her child. The resident advised the juveniles had come to her home but left on foot when the resident called the Youth Challenge Program and advised them the juveniles were there. Officers searched the area but did not locate the juveniles at this time.
  • 1/19/19 at 1419 hours Officers returned to the area of Tulip Street to detain the juveniles that had previously ran away. The juveniles were released to the adult of the residence while they waited to return to the Youth Challenge Program.
  • 1/21/19 at 2150 hours a resident at Park Bl. reported the tenant in the apartment over hers had a dog that would not stop barking. The resident reported this issue as being persistent. Officers attempted to contact the dog’s owner, but were unsuccessful. The complainant was advised to call Animal Control.
  • 1/23/19 at 0739 hours a resident at Tulip Street reported an open door on an abandoned home as a suspicious incident. While Officers were present, a real-estate agent arrived to show the home. Officers cleared the home to ensure no one was inside.
  • 1/26/19 at 0348 hours, a resident at Park Bl. reported that someone may have kicked their down. Officers arrived and determined that all doors were secured and no forced entry was observed.
  • 1/28/19 at 0510 hours a resident at Park Bl. reported seeing a black male breaking into his vehicle. The resident stated the black male had stolen his rifle from his vehicle. The black male was wearing a camouflage jacket and had dreads. The resident yelled at the suspect, running him off, prior to calling Police so when Police arrived they were unable to locate the male. The resident advised his vehicle was locked, however there was no forced entry to the vehicle. The resident did not have his serial number to report to police so the rifle could be entered as stolen into a national database.

 

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John WilliamsJanuary 2019 Security Update

November Security Update

Below are the monthly reports filed between the Baton Rouge Police Reporting system and Nextdoor. There is not as much property crime as would be expected this time of the year being that it is the holiday season. Please remember to report all suspicious incidents and crimes.

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  • 11/1/18 at 1646 hours Officers responded to Wisteria Street relative to the report of a suspicious person. The resident advised a white male was going door-to-door begging for money. Officers did not notice this male when patrolling the area in search for him.
  • 11/5/18 at 1025 hours, Officers responded to a suspicious person at Camellia Street. The resident reported a black male wearing a blue hoodie and a backpack was walking down the street looking in garbage cans. Officers patrolled the area but were unable to locate anyone matching the description.
  • 11/7/18 a resident reported to Nextdoor that a bed footboard was stolen from outside their home near Cherokee and Camelia Street.
  • 11/10/18 at 2128 hours, Officers responded to Tulip Street. The complainant advised they observe three black males walking in the area “possibly casing the neighborhood.” Officers patrolled the area but did not locate the males.
  • 11/11/18 at 1019 hours, Officers responded to Park Bl. where a resident reported their scooter stolen. The scooter was located shortly later at the BREC park across the street. The person finding the scooter advised several black male juveniles were seen in the apartment complex at 1290 Park Bl. just prior to the scooter being located. Whoever stole the scooter, had cut the wires, possibly trying to hotwire it. The scooter was returned to the complainant.
  • 11/12/18 at 1920 hours, Officers responded to a vehicle burglary at Oleander Street. The complainant advised he saw a black male breaking into his neighbor’s vehicle. The complainant gave a description of the male, and Officers located him nearby. The male was positively identified by the complainant, arrested, and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Juvenile Detention Center for violating LRS 14:62 Simple Burglary.
  • 11/13/18 a resident reported to Nextdoor that a red bicycle with a basket on the front was stolen from their porch. They were advised to file a Police report, but never did.
  • 11/16/18 at 2050 hours, Officers responded to Park Bl. relative to the complaint of shots fired in the area. However, the noise was determined to be fireworks.
  • 11/17/18 at 2149 hours, Officers responded to Park Bl. relative to a stolen vehicle complaint. Officers arrived on scene and determined the vehicle was not stolen but towed because it was improperly parked.
  • 11/19/18 a resident reported a car cover was stolen from his carport via Nextdoor. They were advised to file a report, but never did.
  • 11/20/18 at 1648 hours, Officers responded to Cherokee Street relative to a suspicious incident. The complainant reported five black male juveniles walked up to their vehicle and pulled the door handle. The juveniles fled when the complainant walked out of their home. Officers patrolled the area but were unable to locate the juveniles. The complainant called the next day at 1421 hours to report two of the juveniles had returned to their home to apologize for trying to open their car door. The juveniles were no longer on scene to be identified when Officers arrived the second time.
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John WilliamsNovember Security Update

October Security Report

Crime still appears to be low in the Garden District following the arrests this summer. There were only a few anonymous suspicious incidents for September and October, but none had any substance to them. However, it is still great that residents are calling in these incidents so at least it puts an Officer visible in the area for the time it takes them to respond to the call. There were a few thefts of unsecured tools and lawn care items for October but these appear to be more of crimes of opportunities and not a serial issue. See below for a synopsis of recent reports in the Garden District Area for September & October:

 

  • 9/16/18 a resident at Park Bl. reported their vehicle had been burglarized within the  past week. A firearm was taken. There was no forced entry to the vehicle to gain entry by the suspect because the resident left his vehicle unlocked with the firearm inside all week long. 
  • 10/4/18 a resident at Tulip Street reported a vehicle burglary at 1213 hours. The vehicle was left unlocked overnight and the victim’s wallet was stolen.
  • 10/9/18 the resident reported a window had been pried open between 10/8/18 and 10/9/18. Multiple power tools had been stolen from inside the home that was under construction.
  • 10/17/18 at approximately 1729 hours the resident at Wisteria Street reported their leaf blower had been stolen from their flatbed trailer within the past hour.
  • 10/20/18 at 0123 hours Police responded and shut down a loud party at Park Bl.
  • Between 10/20/18 at 2000 hours and 10/21/18 at 1400 hours the resident’s truck was stolen from Oleander Street. It was recovered at Government Street on 10/24/18. The truck had been abandoned at that location for a few days.
  • 10/22/18 at 0929 hours the resident at Cherokee Ave reported their vehicle had been burglarized between 10/20/18 and 10/22/18. The vehicle was left unlocked and not checked in two days.
  • 10/29/18 a resident’s leaf blower was stolen from the bed of their truck at Wisteria Street at approximately 11:48 hours
  • 11/1/18 there was a suspicious male with a tan shirt knocking on doors begging for money at 1714 hours.
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John WilliamsOctober Security Report