5th District Police Station Gets Robbed

Jun 6, 2008 by

The following article is from nola.com:

NOPD says old 5th District station burglarized — after TV reporters tour unsecured building

by Brendan McCarthy, The Times-Picayune

Friday June 06, 2008, 6:16 PM

The New Orleans Police Department said Friday afternoon it is investigating a burglary into its storm-damaged station in the 9th Ward — after reporters and officials from the Metropolitan Crime Commission walked into the open building to investigate why the build had not been secured.

The alleged burglary stems from a WWL–TV news report that found the 5th District was left unsecured — one door unlocked and another wide open — with potentially sensitive files and internal documents left in plain view.

The NOPD’s Public Information Office issued a news release “requesting the public’s assistance in locating and identifying the suspect(s) wanted in connection with the burglary” of the station. The release states that Superintendent Warren Riley learned of this today from a television reporter.

Within 30 minutes, the station fired back in an e-mail sent to all of the news release recipients. The station refuted the NOPD’s claims.

[EDIT: The rest of the article can be found on NOLA.com right here. Go read it. -Loki]

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