Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Wednesday (Oct. 30) announced it has secured a guilty plea and 8-year prison sentence for a man responsible for more than a dozen vehicle burglaries this spring in Algiers.
Corey Myles pleaded guilty as charged on Oct. 29 to 16 counts of simple burglary and two counts of theft of a firearm. After state prosecutors proved Myles’ status as an habitual felony offender, Criminal District Judge Keva Landrum-Johnson imposed the
sentence of eight years.
Myles, 24, victimized numerous property owners by breaking into vehicles in three West Bank neighborhoods before being caught. His first spree began April 24 in the Tall Timbers Extension and Algiers Point neighborhoods. His second foray involved multiple vehicles parked in the Elmwood Park neighborhood on May 2.
“The plague of vehicle break-ins this year has been at the forefront of residents’ minds throughout all parts of New Orleans,” Cannizzaro said. “Citizens are rightly frustrated and fed up with the type of criminal activity this young man and many others have engaged in with regularity. Our police, restricted by Consent Decree rules and department policy, generally are discouraged or prevented from chasing these opportunistic criminals. But as this case shows, we are prepared to prosecute these offenders on the rare instances they are brought before us.”
According to NOPD statistics, there have been 5,232 vehicle burglaries reported in New Orleans as of Oct. 30, compared to 3,134 through this date in 2018. That is a year-to-date increase of 66.9 percent citywide.
Myles pleaded guilty to three counts of simple burglary in 2016, but initially served no jail time upon conviction. Criminal District Judge Benedict Willard imposed a five-year suspended sentence in that case. Myles’ probation was revoked in July 2019 following his latest arrest on May 13.
Assistant District Attorneys Hannah Sharp and Margaret Martin prosecuted the 2019 case.
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