BRPD arrests man accused of McKinley High vehicle break-ins
BATON ROUGE - Police arrested a man in connection with several vehicle break-ins happened Friday night outside of basketball game held at McKinley High School.
17-year-old Keondrae Ricks was booked on charges of vehicle burglary and contributing to delinquency of a juvenile following his arrest on Saturday.
A victim contacted Baton Rouge Police to tell them her passenger side window had been shattered and her book bag stolen. School administrators were also notified, and they reviewed on-campus surveillance footage to try to gain insight into who was behind the crime.
Administrators were able to see a person they believe to be Ricks along with a 16-year-old juvenile as they went around the parking lot checking doors to see if they were open.
A second victim, who was on campus to referee the basketball game, found that his wallet was missing from his vehicle after the game. He immediately called his credit card company to cancel the card, but he was advised the card had just been used at the Family Dollar located on Highland Road, about three blocks from the school.
The cashier at the dollar store told investigators that Ricks bought some t-shirts at the Family Dollar and tried to get cash back. When the cashier looked at the card up close, she noticed it was a credit card with the victim’s name on it.
More charges were leveled at Ricks in connection with the second break-in, tacking on additional offenses including simple burglary and unauthorized use of an access device.
Just earlier this week, McKinley High was the site of a speech delivered by President Barack Obama.