New Orleans area police briefs for Feb. 1, 2013i

Homicide victims identified; car sought

New Orleans — Two men killed in separate shootings Wednesday were identified by the Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office on Thursday.

Sims Tyler, 34, was killed near an Algiers elementary school, while Cardell Brown, 55, was found shot to death inside his home in the 800 block of Jackson Avenue, said Chief Investigator John Gagliano.

Family members of Tyler could not be reached for comment, but police are searching for a silver Pontiac G6 with a temporary license plate of 13924275, which was seen fleeing the shooting.

Brown’s brother and sister declined to discuss his death, and police have not announced any leads in the case.

Woman accused of teaching child to steal

Gretna — A Kenner woman was arrested Wednesday after authorities say she used her 4-year-old daughter to help her steal from a department store.

Tanya Acebo, 34, was booked with contributing to child neglect after the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said she used her child to steal designer shirts, according to an arrest report. Authorities say Acebo used the child to secure a bag to hide the stolen shirts and then had the girl stuff the merchandise into the bag.

Man, 34, lies about robbery, police say

Metairie — A man claimed he was robbed at gunpoint at a Metairie grocery store because he didn’t want to admit he’d lost his wallet, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Carl Regon, 34, was arrested in the 5900 block of Airline Drive Wednesday.

According to an arrest report, Regon initially reported that he’d been carrying his groceries to his car when an armed man ran up with a gun and demanded the bags and his wallet. Regon said he complied and the grocery thief fled on foot.

However, while talking to a deputy, his story changed.

The deputy later checked security footage of the parking lot, and did not see the robbery.

When confronted, Regon admitted he’d made up the story because he’d lost the wallet.

He was booked with false swearing to public health.

Compiled by
the New Orleans bureau.