An ex-convict described by authorities as a career criminal has admitted stealing as many as five dozen vehicles in Jefferson Parish and the surrounding area since his release from prison earlier this year, according to court documents.
Patrick Robinson III specifically acknowledged taking at least three of the stolen vehicles, according to detectives, including a pickup swiped from a driveway in Metairie and a Suzuki motorcycle lifted in St. Bernard Parish.
Robinson, 27, has a long history of property crimes in the New Orleans area. In the Jefferson Parish case, he was booked in October on counts of illegal possession of stolen property after authorities said he was caught driving a stolen 2006 GMC Sierra.
Robinson told investigators “that he got released from prison in March of 2015 and, since that time, had stolen as many as 60 vehicles from Jefferson Parish,” according to court filings made by the State Police, which assisted in the investigation.
Robinson “made multiple admissions recounting the theft” of three vehicles in particular, the documents say.
A day after his arrest, the documents say, Robinson placed a series of phone calls from the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center “using guarded language clearly designed to urgently prompt the relocation” of stolen vehicles and parts, as well as records being held in a storage unit in New Orleans East.
Authorities obtained a search warrant and scoured Robinson’s unit, believing they might find new evidence there.
That search didn’t turn up anything incriminating, said Trooper Melissa Matey, a State Police spokeswoman. But investigators did find a 9 mm handgun — a violation of Robinson’s parole — during a search of his Metairie home, in addition to “numerous items utilized by auto thieves,” according to a search warrant.
The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office previously had pegged Robinson as a person of interest in “an extensive auto theft ring” in that parish. The thefts generally were confined to older-model Chevrolet and Ford trucks, court documents show, “as these vehicles lack certain security features currently found on newer models.”
A Sheriff’s Office report says one of the pickups in question was stolen in May from a driveway on Antonini Drive in Metairie. The victim told deputies the theft occurred even after he locked the vehicle with a “factory installed alarm.”
A motion-sensor light positioned over the man’s driveway was found to be unscrewed after the theft, the report says. The man last saw his pickup about 9 p.m.; the next morning, it was gone.
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