ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - Alexandria Police Chief Jerrod King has responded to a report of more than 70 burglaries, mostly of vehicles, in the city over this past weekend.
That number was asserted by the Alexandria Police Officers Association in a Facebook post Monday evening.
"Not sure if it’s a coincidence or not...," the post read. "We are still 26 officers down and had right at 71 burglaries in approximately 72 hours over the weekend. It’s hard to do pro-active patrols to possibly prevent some of these burglaries, when officers are busy responding to burglary calls and writing reports.The City of Alexandria deserves better! Contact the Mayor and your councilman!!"
That post making reference to the number of reported openings on the APD force, which KALB has chronicled in previous articles.
It appears most of the burglaries targeted vehicles, but at least one car was actually stolen.
KALB reached out to the City Administration for a comment. Late Monday, we received this statement, which neither confirmed or denied that specific number:
“Alexandria police officers are investigating a number of burglaries,” said Alexandria Police Chief Jerrod King. “Spikes like this happen in cities from time to time. It doesn’t mean the city is unsafe or that officers are not on patrol. We are putting resources to the affected areas and we are committed to keeping citizens safe. Unfortunately, the holidays are an active time for thefts. Residents are encouraged to lock their doors on their cars and at home, don’t leave packages unattended and be aware of your surroundings when shopping.”
We will continue to report on this story as more information becomes available.
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