Burglary ring busted in Slidell
SLIDELL - Police announced the arrests of two men Thursday who investigators said were involved in a burglary ring which hit as many as 100 check-cashing outlets and other businesses with ATMs in the past year.
Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith said the group stole nearly half a million dollars in their heists, including the attempted theft of $12,000 from the Cash Cow in Slidell this past Saturday. Smith said Slidell Police spotted the suspects at the business and chased them into New Orleans, where NOPD and State Police helped arrest them.
Smith said those men, Marvin Hudson and Allden Jones, and their ring would perform 'dry runs' by tripping alarms at the businesses they intended to hit and then time how long it would take police to arrive. The thieves would then break into the businesses using power tools, completing their thefts in as little as one or two minutes according to Smith.
Investigators said the group also disabled alarms and stole ATMs and a safe in one case during their thefts.
Smith said the ring is connected to burglaries in Gretna, Kenner, St. Bernard, Slidell, St. Tammany and New Orleans. Police are still searching for other people who may be involved in the ring, according to Smith.