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State Police recover thousands from pickpocket suspects during Mardi Gras festivities

The arrests occurred in and around the French Quarter
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Posted at 4:04 PM, Feb 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-24 17:09:19-05

NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana State Police say that over the course of the weekend, thousands of dollars in stolen items were recovered from pickpocket suspects during Mardi Gras festivities.

Troopers explain that the large crowds on Bourbon Street and at parade routes can create the opportunity for criminal activity, particularly teams of pickpockets targeting individuals in the crowd.

Over the course of the Mardi Gras weekend, Troopers have made numerous arrests and recovered thousands of dollars in stolen items from pickpocket suspects. Pictured are stolen items recovered from just one team of suspected thieves spotted by Troopers in the large crowds.

Troopers say they will continue to work closely with local law enforcement by providing proactive patrols and security in the French Quarter and surrounding areas.

Troopers urge citizens to use caution and utilize the below tips to prevent from being a victim:

  • Limit what you carry. Pickpockets can't steal what you don't have. Get rid of unnecessary items and take a minimalistic approach to carrying cash and cards. Leave your valuables locked away and only bring the essentials.
  • Keep wallets in your front pocket. Back pocket wallets are an easy target for thieves. A super slim wallet creates a slim profile and allows you to store valuables in your front pocket where they're harder to steal.
  • Leave nothing unattended. Unattended purses and bags make it easy for thieves to steal your valuables. Do not hang a bag or purse over the back of a chair and do not leave it behind while you walk off.
  • Never pat your pocket to see if your wallet is there. This lets a criminal know the exact location of your valuables.