Police and fire briefs for Jan. 7, 2014

Accused cellphone thief arrested

Police arrested a 25-year-old man accused of threatening a man with a gun before stealing his cellphone at a Shell gas station on Dec. 13.

Willie Norman Carr, 3815 Eaton St., Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on Monday on counts of first-degree robbery.

The victim said Carr approached him and offered to buy his cellphone, but the victim refused, the arrest warrant said. Carr then asked the victim to walk up to the vehicle he was sitting in.

Carr asked for the phone so he could put his sister’s phone number in it, then grabbed the phone, the warrant said. The victim refused to release the phone but told police Carr reached under the seat and pulled out a handgun, threatening to shoot the victim.

The victim gave police a partial license plate and officers tracked the vehicle to Carr’s ex-girlfriend, the warrant said. The ex-girlfriend said she was in the vehicle when the theft happened and Carr never had a gun.

Police accuse man of theft of utility property

A 62-year-old man seen fleeing from a home where the power went out and the electric meter was taken Sunday night was arrested after police identified him as a suspect based on the medication he dropped while fleeing.

Baton Rouge police booked Gary Wayne Pogue, 5916 Byron St., Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on counts of theft of utility property.

The victim told police he heard a noise outside before the power went out, so he walked outside and saw Pogue running from the house, the arrest warrant said.

He said he and the person who owns the home have had problems with Pogue before, but the warrant does not specify what those problems were.

The officers returned to the home later and found Pogue with the Entergy Lock Tag that was taken when the meter was stolen, the warrant said.

Fire destroys building near 28th Street

Firefighters from the Baton Rouge Fire Department stumbled across an abandoned building engulfed in flames Monday afternoon while riding through their service area and, despite their best efforts, were unable to save it.

Spokesman Robert Combs said firefighters came across the fire at the corner of North 28th Street and Fairfield Avenue at 1:59 p.m. and extinguished the fire at 2:08 p.m.

“The structure had no utilities and could have possibly been being used as a warming area for people hanging out in the neighborhood,” Combs said.

No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is unknown and the investigation continues, Combs said.

One accused of driving while intoxicated

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. Sunday and 2:30 p.m. Monday, booking records show:

Marcus Talbert, 31, 16724 Vermilion Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, improper lane usage and reckless operation.

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