Kenner man accused of stealing air conditioners, and other New Orleans-area crime news

Kenner man accused of stealing AC units

St. John the Baptist Parish sheriff’s deputies on Monday arrested a Kenner man in LaPlace on suspicion that he stole air conditioner units from a hotel.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, the owner of a Days Inn at 3912 Highway 51 caught Dwayne Dewey, 50, with a number of units in his truck about 12:31 a.m. The units had been stored under a tarp next to the hotel.

Dewey drove away when the owner confronted him, but deputies found him a short time later with the units in his truck.

He was booked with theft of an object worth $1,500 or more, criminal trespassing and operating a vehicle with a suspended license.

Dewey remained jailed Tuesday, the sheriff’s office said. His bond was set at $27,000.

Police seek person of interest in July murder

New Orleans police are asking for the public’s help in locating a man who might have information about a murder last month.

The man, who was taped on a surveillance camera, could have information about the death of Vin Jackson who was found shot to death about 9:10 p.m. July 5 in the 1700 block of Elizardi Street.

The man police are searching for is not a suspect in the case but a person of interest.

Homicide Detective Robert Bachelder is in charge of the investigation and can be contacted at (504) 658-5324.

Three sought for vandalizing buildings

New Orleans police hope that names spray-painted on several buildings in the Bayou St. John area will help them identify the vandals.

Security cameras recorded three men on skateboards rolling up to the building in the 1400 block of North Broad Street about 10:15 p.m. Sunday.

When they left, the words “Tag” and “Meech” were sprayed on one of the building’s walls. Detectives said they believe these are the men’s names.

Police do not suspect the vandalism is gang related.

Anyone with information about the identities of the vandals is asked to contact Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

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the New Orleans bureau