Where'd the crime go?
Down, way down: Amazing what adding a bunch of extra cops to the streets does to crime. It drives it down, down to an almost imperceptible level. Imagine that.
Nitpicking: True, there were a lot of extra cops all over the streets. I even saw some on lower Decatur Street for the first time in a long time. But...when they go to dinner, how about sending them 2 x 2 to restaurants--rather than allowing them to congregate in groups--so they're showing more of the blue presence more places even while dining. It's all about deployment of the manpower you do have.
But imagine if they split up into 2s and made their presence felt at a couple of other places, how much more visible they would have made the big blue force.
As I said, nitpicking over a fine job done all week long in the throngs of tourists.
Ugly carjacking: Just after parking a 2003 Jeep Cherokee on Dauphine Street near Esplanade Avenue at about 4:14 a.m. Thursday, 2 white women in their 20s and a white man also in his 20s were accosted from the rear by 2 black men who demanded the car keys. When they refused, the perpetrators punched 2 of the victims in the face. One of the crooks grabbed the purse from the arm of one of the victims and dumped its contents into the street where he grabbed the car keys and the woman's wallet. The 2 bandits fled up Dauphine toward Canal Street in the car.
The robbers are described as 18 to 22 years old, both about 5'10" tall, one weighing 140 pounds, the other 130 pounds. The heavier of the 2 was wearing blue jeans and a light jacket, and had straight permed chin-length hair. The other was wearing a brown and yellow jacket with animal designs and had short black hair.
Other robberies: A 34-year-old homeless drug addict living under the Claiborne Avenue overpass was arrested Sunday around 10:50 a.m. after trying to rob a Texas couple who had just gotten a cup of coffee at the McDonald's on Canal Street near University Place.
Blaise, who admitted having a $200-a-day heroin habit, is being held on $60,000 in OPP on a charge of attempted simply robbery plus drug charges.
The punks fled when an approaching truck scared them away.
For the want of a copier: Remember when we were wondering what was taking so long to get a recent crime report? Turns out that the delay was due to both copiers at the 8th District NOPD station being out of commission. Each NOPD district is responsible for its own supplies (right down to toilet paper) and services (like when the 8th's air-conditioning went out last summer).
And for those people who are always talking about fighting crime, like Chief Riley and Councilman James Carter, they could start putting their money where their mouths are.