New Orleans area police briefs for Dec. 1, 2012

Shooting leaves man injured

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting in unincorporated Gretna on Thursday that left an unidentified man injured.

The incident was reported shortly after 9 p.m. in the 500 block of Bannerwood Drive. The Sheriff’s Office did not release any details on the incident because the victim’s wounds were deemed non-life-threatening.

Teenager accused of robbing sister

Police arrested a New Orleans teenager Thursday after they say he robbed his sister at gunpoint because she refused to let him use her wireless phone.

The 13-year-old suspect is accused of pointing the weapon at several of his siblings and their friends Thursday afternoon in the 7100 block of Crowder Blvd. Police said he asked his 11-year-old sister to use the device, and when she refused, he went and got a gun. He then pointed it at her and took the phone, police say.

As he was fleeing the scene, police said he pointed the weapon at the sister and several other young children who were at the location shortly after school ended.

Police nab Atlanta murder suspect

New Orleans police arrested a teenager wanted for murder in Georgia.

Police did not release many details on the incident since it concerned a fugitive from another jurisdiction, but they said the department’s Special Operations Division arrested a 16-year-old boy on a fugitive warrant without any reported incident.

Police search for robbery suspects

New Orleans police are searching for two men they say robbed five victims in Treme.

The incident was reported on Nov. 25 at about 3 a.m. near the intersection of South Villere Street and Cleveland Avenue near the Municipal Auditorium. The victims said they were walking to a parking lot when the men pulled guns, robbed them then fled on foot.

Police describe the first robber as a black male about 20 to 25 years old, roughly 5 feet, 9 inches to 6-feet tall and 140 to 150 pounds, wearing a red and black sweatshirt, blue jeans and black shoes. The second suspect was the same height, slightly heavier with a black top and blue jeans. Anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Couple accused
of car burglaries

A Metairie couple was arrested by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office on Thursday after detectives say they admitted to committing a rash of car burglaries at a local grocery store to buy crack.

Monique Sciortino and Girod Tobler III were each booked with six counts of simple burglary and three counts of illegal possession of stolen property worth $500 or less.

Tobler also was booked with marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Investigators arrested the couple after investigating several car burglaries at a grocery store in the 5900 block of Airline Drive from Oct. 17-20.

They were able to develop the couple as suspects, and when they arrested Sciortino, she admitted to the burglaries under questioning.

When Tobler was arrested, investigators found an ID belonging to one of the burglary victims and a debit card.

Tow truck driver steals Escalade

Police are searching for a tow truck driver who stole a Cadillac Escalade from a parking lot Nov. 25.

Police said the incident happened in the 1400 block of Canal Street.

The tow truck driver was in a black Ford F-250 or 350 truck and removed a black 2007 Cadillac Escalade from the lot in about four minutes.

The driver fled on South Robertson Street after leaving the lot.

Anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers at (504) 822-1111.

FBI recognizes Children’s Hospital

Children’s Hospital was given a leadership award by the FBI on Friday for the hospital’s work in caring for sexually and physically abused children.

The hospital’s Audrey Hepburn CARE Center was awarded the 2012 Director’s Community Leadership Award for the care and counseling it provides.

The center also provides forensic examinations of children and free monthly training seminars.

Compiled by the
New Orleans bureau