Posted: Dec 13, 2009 9:00 PM by Veronica White
Updated: Dec 13, 2009 11:18 PM
Seven cars were broken into during the Saturday night showing of the Nutcracker at the Heymann Center. Each car's passenger side window was smashed in and valuables taken out of the vehicles.
Theresa Rohloff and her daughter Jennifer are some of the victims. Jennifer's bag containing her dance supplies was taken. Although they have to fix the car window and buy new supplies, they are trying to make light of the situation.
"It's nothing they could use, unless they had really small feet," said Jennifer.
Another victim, Julie LeBlanc, had her purse stolen, which contained her most important items, including her wallet.
Both Jennifer's bag and Julie's purse were pressed up against the floorboards of their cars on the passenger's side, and the women thought they were hidden.
"I couldn't see it, it was dark burgundy purse, so I figured it was fine on the floorboard, its dark carpet," said Julie.
Now they say they have learned their lesson: do not leave items in the car.
Cpl. Paul Mouton of the Lafayette Police Department says, "the suspects look for an easy opportunity to get in and out of a vehicle as quickly as possible with whatever items they can take, so in any lot don't leave anything visible-- secure items in your trunk."
It is also a good idea to park in well-lit areas. The women all say they parked far away because they were running late.
Police do not have any suspects at this time. If you have any information on these break-ins, call crimestoppers at 232-tips.