NOLA Car Thefts Are So Bad They’re Stealing Jefferson Parish Sheriff Vehicles With K-9 Dogs Inside

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office is the latest victim of the rampant car theft plaguing the New Orleans area.

A JPSO unmarked police SUV containing a police K-9 and a firearm were stolen in Metairie around 6 p.m. Thursday night and found in Orleans Parish later.

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office have recovered a stolen K-9 unit.

Officials said the unmarked unit was stolen with the K-9 officer inside before 6 p.m. Thursday near W. Esplanade and Severn avenues.

JPSO with the assistance of the New Orleans Police Department recovered the 2014 Ford Explorer on Stroelitz and Mistletoe Streets in Hollygrove.

A JPSO spokesperson told WDSU the dog was was inside the SUV unharmed along with the deputies firearm.

No other details were released.

The car was stolen near the intersection of West Esplanade and Severn. The JPSO has confirmed that the K-9 and SUV were both found later in the night.

This incident occurred in what has already been a very turbulent year of car theft in New Orleans, with the New Orleans Crime Dashboard reporting 1,142 cars being stolen between December 31st and February 16th. This continues a rising trend, as New Orleans car thefts were at their highest in a decade in 2022.

It’s so bad in New Orleans now – with carjackings and car thefts bleeding over into Jefferson Parish and other suburban locales outside the city – that insurance companies are now refusing to provide coverage for certain vehicles which are being stolen at the most alarming rates.


The heightened mishandling of city crime will most likely continue to raise signatures for the petition to recall Mayor LaToya Cantrell, which is already racing towards its goal at an unprecedented rate.

Crime has already killed New Orleans. It’s now beginning to kill the suburbs as well. And there is no reasonable prospect of local leadership in the city getting a handle on the problem.



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