Police and fire briefs for Oct. 16, 2013

Police accuse caretaker of stealing from pair

Baton Rouge police arrested a woman Tuesday who is accused of stealing from a 94-year-old woman and an 81-year-old man during an eight-month span she was providing care for them.

Latosha Dionne Magee Bouie, 40, 11040 Red Oak Road, Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of two counts of felony theft, two counts of access device fraud and one count each of exploitation of the infirmed and theft of assets of an aged person, prison records show.

Between Sept. 30, 2012, and Dec. 21, 2012, she allegedly made $778 in unauthorized payments to AT&T, the Home Shopping Network and U-Haul using the 94-year-old woman’s Visa credit card, an affidavit warrant said.

Then between Jan. 30 to April 12, she allegedly made $839 in unauthorized payments to Entergy, the Baton Rouge Water Co., AT&T and DirecTV using the 81-year-old man’s checking account, a separate affidavit warrant said.

Both victims were people she was responsible for providing care for as an employee of Homewatch Caregivers, the warrants said.

Hit-and-run suspect surrenders to police

A man accused of striking a pedestrian with his car late Saturday turned himself in to authorities Tuesday.

John Baus III, 24, 4441 Burbank Drive, Baton Rouge, surrendered to police about 10:15 a.m. and was booked into Parish Prison on counts of felony hit-and-run, careless operation and red light violation, police spokesman Cpl. Don Coppola Jr. said.

Baus allegedly struck Matt Tugwell as he was crossing Dalrymple Drive and East State Street at 11:23 p.m. Saturday. Tugwell had been in a crosswalk with a “walk” signal when he was struck by the white vehicle, authorities have said.

Investigators located the suspect vehicle at a repair shop from a Crime Stoppers tip.

Woman booked on arson, drug counts

Baton Rouge Fire Department investigators arrested a Denham Springs woman Monday who authorities say was cooking meth on Feb. 24 when there was an explosion that also caused damage to adjoining apartments.

Danell Christine Davis, 26, 32322 Nikki Drive, Denham Springs, was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on counts of simple arson, aggravated arson, creation/operation of a drug lab, possession of methamphetamine, distribution/manufacturing of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia, prison records show.

Fire investigators say an apartment fire at 5116 Highland Road, Apt. 3, on Feb. 24 was the result of the explosion of a “shake and bake meth lab” they said they think she was operating, an affidavit warrant said.

The explosion caused about $5,000 in damage and Davis suffered second- and third-degree burns, the warrant said.

Witnesses said they saw her climbing out of a window from the apartment where the fire began, the warrant said.

Search ongoing in theft of $50,000 watch

East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office investigators continued their search Tuesday for a man who stole a $50,000 watch from Lee Michaels Jewelry Store in the Mall of Louisiana shortly before 6 p.m. Oct. 1.

The man asked to look at a Rolex “Skydweller” watch valued at about $48,850 and he put it on his wrist, then asked to look at a gold watch valued at about $60,000, spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks said.

When the salesman hesitated to show him the gold watch, the thief bolted out the door while still wearing the Skydweller, Hicks said.

One employee tried to stop him, but the thief made it past the employee and ran down an employee corridor next to Sears Department Store, Hicks said.

The thief is described as clean-shaven black man, about 5 feet, 10 inches to 6 feet and was wearing a dark-green T-shirt and blue jeans, Hicks said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (225) 389-5000 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.

Police seeking suspect in two BR robberies

Police officers are searching for a man they say committed two robberies within a 10-hour span Monday.

A thin, light-skinned black man, about 5 feet, 10 inches and 150 to 160 pounds with a curly Afro walked into the Circle K, 4536 Plank Road, Baton Rouge, at 2:15 a.m. and “approached the register under the pretense of making a purchase,” police spokesman Cpl. Don Coppola Jr. said.

When the cashier opened the drawer, the man quickly reached in, grabbed a handful of cash and ran outside to a waiting, white Chevrolet Impala driven by another black man, Coppola said.

Then less than 10 hours later, a person fitting the same description walked into the Jack in the Box restaurant, 2805 Scenic Highway, Baton Rouge, and walked up to the front counter like he wanted to order food and grabbed a handful of money from a cash drawer before running off, Coppola said.

Anyone with information on these robberies is asked to contact the Armed Robbery Division at (225) 389-3845 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.

Refrigerator coil theft suspect caught in Texas

A second suspect in the theft of refrigerator coils and copper parts from Acme Refrigeration in Baton Rouge on Oct. 7-8 was arrested Monday in Port Arthur, Texas.

Wayne Watson, 49, 1819 N. Marque Ann Drive, Baton Rouge, will be booked into Parish Prison on two counts of simple burglary and one count of unauthorized entry of a place of business once he is transported back to the city, police spokesman Cpl. Don Coppola said.

Police previously arrested Watson’s alleged accomplice, John Ray Jackson, 47, 1819 N. Marque Ann Drive, Baton Rouge, and booked him into Parish Prison on two counts of simple burglary and one count of aggravated flight from a police officer.

Authorities book one on suspicion of DWI

Authorities arrested at least one person suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked him into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Monday and 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, booking records show.

Brett Vann, 23, 2828 Congress Blvd., Baton Rouge, was booked on counts of first-offense DWI, reckless operation and driving without a license plate.

Compiled from staff reports. To talk to a crime reporter at The Advocate, call (225) 388-0369.