According to Chief Neal Lartigue with the Ville Platte Police Department, there has been a rash of vehicle break –ins over the past couple of weeks. On September 29, 2018 Officers responded to four reports of vehicle break –ins in the area of Scenic Drive and Dohman Drive. In two of the incidents nothing was taken from the vehicle. A wallet was taken from one vehicle but was recovered a short distance away from the owner’s residence on Dohman Drive. On Scenic Drive a wallet, checkbook and 1 handgun were taken from a vehicle.
On October 8, 2018 a vehicle was broken into on Dohman Drive and a purse was taken. The purse was located and returned to the owner with the contents still inside. On Scenic drive, on the same date, a vehicle was broken into and rummaged through but nothing was reported missing from the vehicle.
Chief Lartigue has stated that patrol has been stepped up in the area and asks everyone to report anyone suspicious in the area and remember lock the doors of your vehicle and other buildings on your property. “Be vigilant in not only locking your vehicle doors but also in removing anything of value from the vehicle which may tempt these criminals.” Chief Lartigue said, “If you notice people in your neighborhood or near a neighbor’s residence that do not appear to belong there, please call us immediately.”
Chief Lartigue stated that reporting suspicious people will allow the Officers to identify them and obtain information that can be investigated in the occurrence. “Sometimes residents of the city do not call because they are afraid they are bothering the Officers but rest assured that is not the case.” Chief Lartigue stated. “Since we cannot be everywhere at one time, we ask that you let us know if you see anyone suspicious.”
Another concern for some residents is that they are afraid. “We do not give out any information regarding who called in and reported suspicious people or activity so do not fear calling us.” Chief Lartigue said. “We are here to protect and serve, part of that protection is keeping your information anonymous. It is our mission to remove these criminals from our streets and we are stepping up patrols and gathering information to investigate and apprehend the suspects.”
To report suspicious people, activity and illegal activity you are asked to call the Ville Platte Police Department at 363-1313. Your call will remain anonymous. If you see something, say something.