Baton Rouge police and fire briefs for April 2, 2014

Cinder block used by thieves in robbery

A grocery store was robbed early Tuesday after thieves struck an employee with a cinder block as he unlocked the door to let another employee out, a Baton Rouge police spokesman said.

Cpl. Don A. Coppola said after the two burglars hit the employee of Adams Grocery, 1455 N. Acadian Thruway West, shortly after 3 a.m., they stole money from the register and goods from the store.

Both burglars were described as dark-complected black men, 5 feet, 8 inches tall, medium build, Coppola said.

One burglar wore a dark-colored jacket and dark pants, while the other one wore a dark-colored hoodie and white pants with a dark stripe running down the side, Coppola said.

“The employee is being treated at a local medical facility for his injuries,” Coppola said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the armed robbery division at (225) 389-3845 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.

Five years after robbery, man turns himself in

Five years after the Circle K on Plank Road was robbed at gunpoint, a former employee surrendered Monday, giving police a full confession, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Police booked Harrison Christopher Coleman, 25, 680 Sharp Lane, Apt. 413, Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on counts of armed robbery.

On Aug. 26, 2008, a man armed with a handgun walked into the store, 8133 Plank Road, while the clerk was outside, opened the register and stole money, the affidavit says.

The employee told police he thought the robber was Coleman, a former employee, the affidavit says.

He also told police Coleman had called several days before the robbery to say he was going to rob the store on that date.

Coleman gave police a description of his clothing that matched the description the employee gave police at the time, the affidavit says.

Cypress Dale home razed by fire; none hurt

No one was injured Tuesday when a fire broke out in a home on Cypress Dale Avenue that caused about $85,000 in damage to the structure and items inside.

Firefighters arrived at the home at 11205 Cypress Dale at 6:31 p.m. and found the kitchen on fire, said Robert Combs, a Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman.

Firefighters kept the fire from spreading to other parts of the home and extinguished the flames at 6:37 p.m., Combs said.

The rest of the home sustained significant smoke and heat damage, he said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Authorities book four on suspicion of DWI

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

Those booked and the counts against them:

Andrew Hankel, 24, 2135 Kleinert Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, reckless operation, driver’s license suspended/revoked and improper turn.

Rhea Jones, 20, 110 Nash Road, Marksville, first-offense DWI, driving over median and reckless operation.

Richard Noland, 29, 2044 Ovid St., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, driver’s license required/expired and improper turn.

Katelyn Wise, 27, 37069 Fore Road, Denham Springs, first-offense DWI, reckless operation, expired driver’s license and drinking in a motor vehicle.

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