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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Some repented and gave God the Glory

Some repented and gave God the glory....Some cursed God....This article is an example of somebody who wasn't changed by neither Katrina nor Rita....

Woman finds burglar eyeing porn
By Trymaine Lee
Staff writer

A 30-year-old New Orleans man was captured Sunday after a Carrollton homeowner walked in to find him watching pornography on the Internet, New Orleans police said. He's also suspected in a string of recent burglaries in the neighborhood, police said.

Richard Barnes, who police said crawled through the doggy door of a home in the 1200 block of Lowerline Street, was caught Sunday by the home's owner after she returned from an afternoon outing, police said.

The woman unlocked her front door, walked in and almost immediately encountered Barnes masturbating while online, police said. The frightened homeowner grabbed her oversized dog and bolted from the house.

Once outside, she phoned 2nd District police. Officers arrived, took the woman's description of the burglar and headed into the neighborhood. Barnes, described by police as a "career criminal with arrests for mostly drugs and burglary," was arrested a few blocks away.

At lockup Barnes consented to a DNA swab test, New Orleans police spokeswoman Sabrina Richardson said. She said investigators will now test it against a semen specimen at the burglarized home.

It may not be the only home Barnes broke into, police said. Richardson said 2nd District investigators have tentatively linked him to a string of other burglaries in the neighborhood, where residents have seen a man resembling Barnes lurking.

Richardson said many residents in that part of town don't lock their doors at night or when running errands, and that Barnes would go house to house twisting knobs.

"That is his (mode of operation)," Richardson said. "There was no forced entry. In that area, some people have dogs, large dogs, and in this case he came through a doggy door. In some of the others, he just tries twisting knobs."

Police believe Barnes may be involved in at least 10 recent break-ins in the area.

"Our investigators were very excited" about this arrest, Barnes said. "It's like seeing your hard work come to light. It's a very rewarding feeling. And it's not to often that you have that feeling."

Trymaine Lee can be reached at (504) 826-3301.

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