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Vehicle Burglarized, Cocodrie faired well but I didnít

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Well with all the good news I heard from Dularge I drove down to Cocodrie yesterday afternoon to fish the last two days of the Star tourney for labor day if everything was ok. I called to check if the roads were open and if was ok for fishing and got the okay. The place looked pretty flawless for being a hurricane came through. I saw several people fishing and others using the Harbor light launch so I put in and took off to see how the Island looked. Weather was nice, though a bit breezy for topwater. Some of the Island was washed away and the beach looked nonexistent as the waves were just feet from the grass bank, but the tide was high so I couldnít make an accurate assessment. I was surprised to not see a single piece of trash or floating debris in the water the whole trip.

I tried fishing artificial and live bait from the surf but was only catching hardheads. I was hoping the full moon would have a few big trout on the beach but Iím guessing all the beach action is done and the hurricane messed the water up. It was a tad too rough to try further out rigs where Iím guessing the bigger trout were with cleaner water. I decided to wait and see if the trout would bite under the lights at some rigs in Pelto after enjoying the sunset from the beach. All they had were small trout and not many at that so I called it a night. When I got back someone smashed the glass of my window and stole my gear. They had glass everywhere in my vehicle. It took me several hours today to vacuum that out but itís like glass dust everywhere, almost impossible to clean. They took my sound system, 3 roger fed tennis rackets around 8 pairs of running shoes, some expensive jewelry which I forget to take out when making Lauraís ring, credit cards, nearly a thousand from my clientís checks, work gear, tools, my hunting bag with loads of gear, etc. Luckily the alarm system made them move quick and leave some stuff. The cop was really nice and said 90% of the time they get caught as they have a crew of 20 officers assigned to robberies. Iím hoping they catch them. They tried using my cards at walmart so I hope they can be caught on video. Iíve never been robbed before, so I never think about taking all my gear out of my vehicle or where I park. Iíll think twice from now on. Its around 10K in lost gear, but Iím still healthy and happy and it takes more than losing a few material possessions to bring me down. Only thing that really upsets me is that I couldn't go fishing today as planned :(
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Theft
Sorry to hear that Man hang in there they will catch ummmm w/ the goods, Most the stuff they'll pawn it If they tried to use credit Cards they already Caught Just matter of time
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normal high tide
the water wasn't higher than a normal 1.2 foot high tide, its just the water seemed a little closer to the grass part of last island than it was before the storm so i'm guessing part of the beach eroded. I only got to see the whiskey pass side though. I didn't have enough time to check more places out. Most of the marsh islands on the way out seemed about the same.
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dang
Sorry to hear about the break in. I went down to Dulac yesterday to survey my camp. I was surprised at how little wind damage I saw down there. The water was very high, so I doubt there was a whole bunch of erosion. If there was, then the barrier islands did their job and protected us up north.
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Looting
We all hope they catch the thieves. During times of public emergency, which may have existed then, simple burglary becomes looting, a felony. Hopefully they can throw the book at them!
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Felony
well when the catch them it will be a felony because it is way more than 300 dollars stolen, it actually up around 12 thousand in stolen goods out of over 250 items missing that Iíve counted so far. It sucks that I live with my girlfriend and don't have homeowners insurance, but she'll find out if we can get anything claimed on her behalf since many items belonged to her. Then I go to fix my window and I didn't have enough cash on hand to pay the deductible, all my accounts were frozen so I had to borrow money from my mom. Luckily captilone said they'd pay back the money they spent from my debit card. Itís all one big mess. If anyone knows me they know I pretty much live out of my escape and keep all my gear on hand because its convenient with my crazy work schedule. I plan on getting a ford 150 next and put a super strong tailgate top to lock gear in.
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Insurance
You may also be able to file on your auto insurance, if you have that. Good luck!
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auto insurance won't cover it.
I tried the auto insurance but they could only help with the window replacement and getting new keys for the vechile. Which won't be much more than my 250 deductible. I don't have a house so i have no insurance for personal stuff. I've just been having bad luck, just a few weeks ago an owl ran right in my windshield on the interstate going 70mph. I had to pay the deductible for that too. Here's a pic from the owl which I thought was going to go directly into my face.
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i'll try her insurance
well i never knew how much stuff I really kept in my vechile until this, but usually i take out most when fishing. It was a last minute trip as I decided it was safer to go in the afternoon when I can see the conditions instead of before dawn the next day. I always kept plenty of clothes, shoes, medicines, food, drinks, training and sports gear in my ride because its so convient with my job. Remember I eat 7,000 calories a day on average and every 2 hours so its kind of imposibble not to have a bunch of stuff. I been moving stuff to my new hunting camp all summer and had some of my hunting gear and clothes in there because I was brining it this coming weekend. As for the rings I simply forgot that I stashed them in the bottom on my center compartment a while back but even though they are over 7k in value they were all stuff my girl wasn't planning on ever wearing again since they were from her last marriage so thats no biggy. I won't be keeping much stuff in my ride from now on certainly. I just really ticked about my bandana collection with all kinds of limited edition pro bananas from my college tennis playing days which i use daily when running. That alone was worth more than i'm willing to admit. And my tennis rackets which they don't make anymore, its so hard to find the correct tennis racket as they always change new models around. Running shoes not a biggy since i have over 100 pairs still because i'm an addict for sports gear.
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No worries
Thanks, Its not bothering me though because i'm already more focused about checking my game cameras this weekend than anything concerning the robbery. Within anything bad I just focus on the good stuff in life and move on instantly. Though since my cable lock keys were taken I now have to cut all 15 cables and replace them.

I agree about the shoes. I got a serious problem, between that and trail cameras I don't know which is worse, lol.
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felony
Vehicle burglary is a felony in itself. The value of property taken comes into consideration when bond or restitution comes into play. If they used your card at a Wal-Mart it should only be a matter of time and putting the pieces together.

Sorry that happened. I see it all too often. That is why I leave my truck doors unlocked and, if I can help it, nothing of value in it.
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Charges
There are actaully three criminal charges in this matter with possibly a fourth.
The first is Criminal Damage to Property, That is the breaking of the glass to gain entry. The second is Burglary. That is when entry without permission is made. This law was originally for dwellings and buisnesses. Since Louisiana is one of a very few states that conciders your vehicle an extention of your home this law then applies. This is also the reason you are allowed to carry a loaded firearm anywhere in your vehicle in this state. The third is Theft. Thats when your personal belongings were removed from the vehicle. Now when and if they catch them if they still have your items they can also be charged with possesion of stolen things. This is usually the initial charge. Once they get a suspect and find stolen items that they are trying to sell or have them on person, vehicle etc. this gives them probable cause to make an arrest and to obtain search warrants for anyother vehicles or dwellings the suspect owns. Usually before it gets to that point during the interrogation process they break down and get a confession from them. That is when the other charges are added on.
They add as many charges as possible because this gives the District Attorney leverage come time for trial. To get a guilty plea and conviction they will drop some of the charges for a lesser sentence. Also they can add in restitution to the victims for monetary and personal loss. At the end its all about numbers..They like a high conviction rate come time for re-election.
There have been very few times when I have seen the victims have to file a civil suite to regain there loss. It just depends on the case and crime.
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Good info
Thanks for the good info. Now they just need to catch this guy. I checked to see where they tried using the blocked credit cards and one place was a travel plaza so I hope he doesn't get away. Then I realized this week he has the keys to my house and suv, so I'm having to change locks and upgrade our home security system to all of that. Its all just one big hastle and I've done spent all week on the phone dealing with bank stuff. Haven't heard back from the cops yet, so I hope they are getting info. I tried calling several times each day to give more information on card information I've obtained, but they never called me back yet. I'm being patient so far.
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Followup
Find out from those stores where they tried to use a credit card if the law enforcement agency handling the case has contacted them or tried to review security videos at the store. If not then they are not doing what they need to be doing. Remember everyone has a supervisor. If need be contact the supervisor. The agency I use to be with if we didnt do a follow up within 24 to 48 hours we would get our butt ripped and even possibly displinary action taken. Most agencies now have specialized divisions, Homicide, Narcotics, Burglary etc. Once the uniform patrol officer takes the initial report then its passed on to the detectives. Find out what their protocals are then take it from there. Don't be afraid of asking too many questions or calling because they are working for you.
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double dipping
Squid row, not trying to start a negative argument but you can't double dip on those charges. The burglary is the entry(by any means)of any residence, moveable, watercraft, etc. where an item of value is taken. The broken window is covered in the means of entry to perpetrate the theft. If you want to you can go the route of damage to property, vehicular trespass and theft but that is two misdemeanors and one lesser felony. The theft would only be a felony due to the total value of property stolen. It is all relative to the total weight of the charges...go with which ever is greater.

And the whole extension of your house deal is a legal myth. You can have a gun in your vehicle as long as you are not parked on a bar parking lot, federal building property and other specific sites.

This is probably going to get some good replies, but I would not post this info if I did not know it to be true.
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Got the stores
Well the legal stuff doesn't concern me as much as getting some of my stuff back. I finally got in touch with the detective working the case on the phone yesterday and he said we'd meet up today, so I'm looking forward to that. I got all the store information from where he used the cards written down. I'm eager to see if some justice can be served.
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Meeting
I hope it all goes well for you. Just the fact that they are wanting to meet with you is a good sign. I am sure they were very busy during and right after the storm so now that things are calming down and getting back to normal they will probably concentrate more on thier cases.
Good luck and please keep us up to date.
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possible suspect
This could be your burglar:

http://www.sunherald.com/2012/09/10/4176816/sleeping-driver-passenger-arrested.html

call and find out if he's been in Louisiana recently
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Thanks
Thanks I'll give a printed copy to the detectives
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Wow Looks like JJ had nothing
' i'll try her insurance

well i never knew how much stuff I really kept in my vechile until this, but usually i take out most when fishing. It was a last minute trip as I decided it was safer to go in the afternoon when I can see the conditions instead of before dawn the next day. I always kept plenty of clothes, shoes, medicines, food, drinks, training and sports gear in my ride because its so convient with my job. Remember I eat 7,000 calories a day on average and every 2 hours so its kind of imposibble not to have a bunch of stuff. I been moving stuff to my new hunting camp all summer and had some of my hunting gear and clothes in there because I was brining it this coming weekend. As for the rings I simply forgot that I stashed them in the bottom on my center compartment a while back but even though they are over 7k in value they were all stuff my girl wasn't planning on ever wearing again since they were from her last marriage so thats no biggy. I won't be keeping much stuff in my ride from now on certainly. I just really ticked about my bandana collection with all kinds of limited edition pro bananas from my college tennis playing days which i use daily when running. That alone was worth more than i'm willing to admit. And my tennis rackets which they don't make anymore, its so hard to find the correct tennis racket as they always change new models around. Running shoes not a biggy since i have over 100 pairs still because i'm an addict for sports gear'.

And we all thought that Jordan Jefferson had a lot of shoes last year with only 49 pairs
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