Slidell PD bust family theft ring
SLIDELL - Police said they arrested a Slidell trio, including two siblings, who reportedly confessed to "making a living for years" by stealing merchandise from major retail outlets and selling it on the streets.
Law enforcement said they have been looking for Jaquinta Brady, 24, Latesha Brady, 23, and Dantonio Lee, 21, since February when retail outlets including Target, Urban Outfitters, and T.J. Maxx began reporting high-dollar thefts. Investigators said Jaquinta and Latesha are sisters.
Officers said they were dispatched to Target on Airport Road in Slidell early Saturday evening and spotted the three suspects loading up about $1,700 worth of merchandise stolen from the store.
A search of the suspects' vehicle revealed more stolen merchandise from Baton Rouge and Covington stores along with a "magnetic key" the thieves were using to gain access to expensive electronic items that are normally kept locked up in the store, according to Slidell Police.
Slidell detectives said the three admitted to selling stolen merchandise on the street for "fifty-cents on the dollar" as a way of making a living for many years. Police said they estimate the theft ring has stolen about $10,000 worth of merchandise prior to their arrest.
The Brady siblings and Lee are charged with theft over $1,500 and possession of burglary tools from the theft on Saturday night at Target and will likely be facing charges for other similar crimes along the I-12 corridor.
Slidell Police asked any retail store who has been a victim of these individuals to contact their local police department.