Teller accused of taking $11,000 deposit
An employee at a credit union office in Elmwood was arrested after she allegedly stole an $11,000 deposit, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said.
On Sept. 18, a customer went to the ASI Federal Credit Union, 5508 Citrus Blvd., to deposit the money. However, he said, the money never made it into his account.
A manager watched surveillance footage that showed Monique Gaines, 42, of Kenner, taking the money from the customer. Instead of depositing it, though, she put the money in the back of her drawer. She later took it out and put it in her purse, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Gaines admitted to detectives that she took the money, the Sheriff’s Office said. She told deputies where she hid the money, which was recovered.
Gaines was booked with theft of $1,500 or more. She was out of jail Monday on $15,000 bail, according to Sheriff’s Office records.
Marrero man arrested in taking nap at a hotel
A maid at a Gretna hotel found a room locked after she’d left it open to air it out after a cleaning. When she unlocked the door, she found a man inside asleep on the bed.
Eddie Jones, 30, of Marrero, walked into the room but was not a guest at the Luxury Inn Motel, according to a Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office report. He was booked Sunday with trespassing.
N.O. police investigate four armed robberies
New Orleans police are investigating four separate armed robberies reported over the weekend, according to daily police logs:
- Two men, one of whom was armed, walked up behind two other men about 5:30 a.m. Saturday in the 1000 block of Dumaine Street. They demanded the victims’ property and ran away.
- A man walked into a business in the 6500 block of the south Interstate 10 Service Road about 5:55 a.m. Saturday and demanded money from the cash register.
An employee complied, and the robber ran away.
- Two men walked up to a victim at the Mississippi River end of Canal Street about 7:20 p.m. Sunday, pointed a gun at him and demanded his property. The victim handed over his phone and was punched in the face. The two robbers ran away with six other men and two women.
- A masked man who carried a gun walked up to two men about 10 p.m. Sunday in the 5100 block of MacArthur Boulevard in Algiers. The gunman demanded the victims’ money and ran away once they handed over their cash.
Sheriff’s Office says man sought for threats
Plaquemines Parish sheriff’s investigators are searching for a man they say threatened to kill his girlfriend.
On Sept. 13, Justin Lambert left a voicemail message for his girlfriend saying he would kill her, said Commander Eric Becnel, spokesman for the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Lambert, 29, has threatened his girlfriend before through text messages, Becnel said. He is wanted for cyberstalking.
Deputies tried to serve Lambert with a restraining order in March but they could not find him. Investigators believe he might be in the Baton Rouge area, Becnel said. His last known addresses are 2757 Court St., Port Allen, and 3630 Olga Lee Drive, Baton Rouge.
Anyone with information on Lambert’s whereabouts is asked to contact Detective Aaron Verrette at (504) 297-5277.
Police say man, 47, threw eggs during fight
A 47-year-old Westwego man was arrested Sunday for allegedly throwing eggs during a fight.
The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said Garrick White was in a fight with someone in the 800 block of Chipley Street. During the fight, White grabbed some eggs and began to throw them, the Sheriff’s Office said.
White was issued a city summons before he was taken to the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center for booking.
Man accused of stealing 44 laptops
The Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office said it arrested a man accused of stealing more than 40 laptop computers from a Belle Chasse oil refinery to help feed his drug addiction and to pay a relative’s medical bills.
The Sheriff’s Office received a call Aug. 21 from the Phillips 66 Alliance Refinery that 44 Dell laptops, valued at $50,380, had been stolen.
One computer wound up at a Metairie pawn shop.
Through interviews, detectives traced the computer back to Michael Ramsey, 52, of New Orleans.
Ramsey was a Phillips 66 employee who had access to the computers, which were in storage waiting to be distributed, said Commander Eric Becnel, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman.
Detectives interviewed Ramsey on Sept. 4 at the refinery and he confessed to taking computers without permission, Becnel said. Ramsey said he thought he took 10 or 12 computers but could not remember the exact number.
He said he took the computers to support a crack cocaine addiction and to help pay for a family member’s medical bills.
Ramsey was booked with theft of more than $500. He was released Sept. 6 on $20,000 bail.
The Sheriff’s Office has recovered two of the 44 laptops.
Anyone with information about the missing computers or who wants to surrender one is asked to contact Lt. Brett Ricks at (504) 564-2525 or (504) 297-5273. Criminal charges will not be filed against anyone who turns over the stolen laptops, Becnel said.