New Orleans area police briefs for Jan. 30, 2013

An arrest warrant for felony theft has been issued for Ryan Sanchez of Marrero. He is wanted for the theft of tools and electronics equipment from a family’s home.
An arrest warrant for felony theft has been issued for Ryan Sanchez of Marrero. He is wanted for the theft of tools and electronics equipment from a family’s home.

Woman found shot to death identified

A local woman found lying dead on a Central City sidewalk Monday was identified by the Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office on Tuesday.

Chief Investigator John Gagliano said Keisha Love, 27, died from injuries suffered in a shooting some time before 1 p.m. near the intersection of Loyola Avenue and Fourth Street.

No suspects or motives have been released in the incident.

Attempts to reach Love’s family were unsuccessful. A small memorial had been set up in front of the community center where she was found dead with a sign reading “R.I.P. Keedy.”

Second teenager arrested in shooting

A second 15-year-old has been arrested in connection with a shooting shortly after the city’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. parade last week.

Police spokeswoman Remi Braden announced the arrest of the minor on five counts of principal to aggravated battery. Braden said investigators believe the boy was driving the vehicle that the shooter fired from when he wounded five other teenagers. Police arrested a 15-year-old boy last week, and that boy has pleaded guilty to the crime in juvenile court, according to media reports.

Man, 40, accused
of insurance fraud

A local man has been accused of insurance fraud after his story about how his car was stolen didn’t match photos he submitted to his job.

Police booked Dickie Cure, 40, with insurance fraud, injuring public records, theft in excess of $1,500 and filing a false affidavit on Monday. Cure is accused of lying about his 2007 Mercedes being stolen in order to collect more than $24,000 in insurance proceeds. According to court records, police were alerted to Cure’s fabrication because they actually recovered Cure’s vehicle, stripped and burned, a day before he said it was stolen.

Gang suspect pleads
guilty to racketeering

Another alleged member of a West Bank narcotics organization has pleaded guilty in federal court to racketeering charges and faces 30 years in prison.

Monterio Wiggins, 21, of Gretna, pleaded guilty in exchange for a lesser sentence because he was facing life imprisonment. Wiggins was a member of the “Harvey Hustlers,” a street gang that federal authorities claim ruled portions of the West Bank through intimidation and violence while operating its narcotics trafficking ring. More than a dozen of Wiggins’ co-defendants already have pleaded guilty in the case.

Man wanted in theft
of tools, electronics

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office is looking for a Marrero man accused of stealing tools and electronics from a home.

Ryan Sanchez, 32, is wanted for theft, according to Glen Boyd, a sheriff’s spokesman. Police say Sanchez stole those items from a home early this month.

Anyone with information on Sanchez’s location is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (504) 364-5376.

Authorities say purse grab turns to ID theft

Marrero Investigators in Jefferson Parish are searching for a woman who may be linked to the theft of a purse last year that later turned into an identity theft.

Col. John Fortunato, a sheriff’s spokesman, said the incident was reported in October in the 5000 block of Belle Terre Road in Marrero. He said an unidentified suspect stole the victim’s purse from her car and then used a debit card and checkbook to make several purchases at stores in New Orleans and Jefferson Parish.

A few days after the initial theft, another vehicle was burglarized and a credit card stolen from it was then used at a store.

Anyone with information can contact (504) 364-5300 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Compiled by the
New Orleans bureau