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Gayle Benson target of attempted car theft

10/16/2020 12:36:36 PM
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New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Gayle Benson was seated in her car in Uptown last weekend when a man barged in and apparently tried to steal the vehicle, police and team officials confirmed Friday, Ramon Antonio Vargas and Amie Just of the New Orleans Times-Picayune/Advocate report.

The man abandoned his plan when Benson screamed at him to get out, and investigators are now searching for a suspect.

Police released details about the encounter in a statement that didn’t identify Benson by name. But longtime Saints and Pelicans spokesman Greg Bensel confirmed she was the target of what police have classified as an attempted auto theft.

According to police, someone parked a white Nissan Titan directly next to her car in the 6200 block of South Claiborne Avenue about 2:15 p.m. last Saturday, Oct. 10. A man emerged from the Titan and got into Benson’s car, police said.

The man got back into the Titan and fled when Benson ordered him out of her car, police said.

“While she was very shaken at the time, she was unharmed and is doing fine,” Bensel said in a statement Friday. “She wanted to send her sincere gratitude to the men and women of the New Orleans Police Department that responded so quickly and professionally.”

Bensel said he couldn’t comment further with police still investigating the attempted car theft.

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