BRPD: 3 armed men break into home, claiming they were cops

Baton Rouge police arrested three men Wednesday accused of announcing themselves as police and breaking into a St. Rose Avenue home early that morning, armed with a shotgun, a baseball bat and a knife and stealing cash and drugs from the home.

Joel Scales, 21, 15138 Memorial Tower Drive, Baton Rouge; Miles Moreno, 22, 804 Rosedown Lane, Lafayette; and Clayton Dugan, 22, 1950 Iowa St., Baton Rouge; were each booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on counts of aggravated burglary and armed robbery, prison booking records show.

Dugan also was booked on a count of aggravated flight from an officer and possession with intent to distribute marijuana. Scales and Dugan also were booked on counts of impersonating a police officer, while Moreno faces one additional count of resisting arrest, according to affidavits of probable cause.

Shortly after 3 a.m. Wednesday, the trio drove to a home in the 400 block of St. Rose Avenue, just off Government Street, said Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, a police spokesman.

The men targeted the home because they knew cash and drugs were inside, McKneely said.

According to affidavits, Scales and Moreno banged on the door to the home and said they were police officers.

The ploy didn’t fool the woman inside the home, McKneely said. Soon though, all three men broke into the home through a window.

Scales carried a knife, Moreno held a shotgun and Dugan armed himself with a baseball bat, affidavits said.

The men stole an undisclosed amount of money and drugs, McKneely said.

Responding police officers saw a green Ford pickup, driven by Dugan, fleeing the residence. Officers pursed the truck as it crossed into oncoming lanes, ran a red light on North Boulevard at 19th Street, then a nearby stop sign, an affidavit said.

Dugan surrendered to police in the 1700 block of North Boulevard, and once apprehended, police discovered he had marijuana, an affidavit said.

Police caught Moreno running from the St. Rose home armed with a shotgun, and it wasn’t clear in the documents when Scales was apprehended.

On Wednesday night, Moreno remained jailed in lieu of $130,000 bail, while a judge set Scales’ bail at $115,000. Prison records did not show a bail amount for Dugan, who also remained jailed Wednesday night.