Rash of break-ins continue to plague New Orleans business owners

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) — A series of burglaries along Freret Street left about a dozen uptown businesses frustrated and injured.

“It was certainly a very uneasy feeling of hurt,” said Marielle Dupré, co-owner of Windowsill Pies.

Dupré said everything seemed normal at first glance, she thought someone had just left the door open when she walked in last Wednesday morning.

“I came into the kitchen and saw the safe had crowbar marks, all the cash was missing from the drawer and luckily we left the drawer open so only the coins were taken and nothing was broken except our entire grocery delivery pills were taken, our speakers for the music system, some beer and wine of course,” said Dupré.

When they tried to shake it off, Dupré said she noticed her neighbor Mojo Coffee speaking to police Saturday morning.

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“We were like ‘oh my god this can’t happen again’ they just comforted us last week, they brought me some rolls of coins last week because we didn’t have coins and now we’re wondering what can we do do for you, it’s awful,” Dupre said.

Police haven’t said if these burglaries are related, but Friday night at Mojo’s sounds similar.

“Someone broke down the door, took the entire cash register, just took everything out and left within a minute or two, but it was interesting that they didn’t take the other cash register because we have two, so they only got a hundred dollars or like that,” said one employee.

Those who own businesses and work in the area say this has happened quite often in this section of Freret over the last month. Dat Dog was also hit before Mojo’s.

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“They just took two empty cash drawers and stupidly broke the door, so I don’t think they’re good at what they’re doing,” said one manager.

NOPD provided video of a burglary just after 2am on October 4 at the High Hat Cafe. You see a hooded man with a mustache, possibly a full beard, riding in on a bicycle and trying to pry open the register before taking the whole thing and a pill.


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The Freret district has seen a sharp rise in business slumps. City data shows they are up 200%.

Earlier this month we showed you similar slumps in uptown and mid-city, but overall business slumps in the city of New Orleans have fallen to about 360 from over 500 around this time last year.

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Some on Freret don’t breathe much easier, just thanking their lucky stars.

“As far as I know, nobody was hurt, which is really positive,” said Dupré.

“As long as nobody was here and nobody got hurt, like it was just money and insurance,” a Mojo employee said.

The companies we spoke to said NOPD patrols in the area have increased, although break-ins are ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to call 2nd Precinct detectives or leave an anonymous tip on Crimestoppers.

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