Mayor Landrieu vows swift action after his car is stolen

Don Kiebels

Following the theft of his car this past weekend, Mayor Mitch Landrieu today held an emergency press conference in which he vowed to bring immediate, swift justice to those responsible for the heinous crime.

“New Orleans will not tolerate my car being stolen,” the mayor said. “I have a zero-tolerance policy for crime against me and I will do whatever it takes to ensure this kind of thing never again happens to me.”

The mayor’s 2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee was initially reported stolen around noon this past Saturday. A Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s deputy recovered the vehicle that evening at about 7:30 p.m. in Metairie. The vehicle appeared unharmed. Though, the mayor said his peace of mind has been severely damaged.

Landrieu, visibly irate, continued the press conference by proposing the hiring of up to 100 new police officers for the 6th District, home to the mayor, and increasing patrols on his street.

The mayor said all options are on the table, including the possibility of deploying the National Guard around his house as well as forming a 24/7 check-point perimeter for his block.

“I will not allow this great city to be held hostage by criminals who think they can steal my car without consequences.”