Two accused in long-running receipts racket
BATON ROUGE - Deputies arrested two people Wednesday after investigators said they were involved in a long-running theft operation in East Baton Rouge Parish.
Deputies say that April Parker, 38 and Kevin Warren, 49, used discarded or lost receipts to steal and return items to local retailers.
An EBRSO deputy said she was on patrol Wednesday afternoon when she received spotted a vehicle which had been reported stolen. The sheriff's office said inside deputies found numerous receipts dated between 2013 to 2015, as well as more than a dozen gift cards and books detailing the thefts and transactions.
"This is something that appears to have been very organized and long-running," Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said. "These individuals were scoping out parking lots waiting for someone to leave a receipt in order to steal from these merchants."
Deputies said Parker told them she left Warren in the vehicle on June 2, and when she came back he was gone. She reported the vehicle stolen and later deputies said she confessed to her part in the scheme.
Parker is charged with Organized Retail Theft, Suspended Driver's License and Theft and Receipts and Universal Product. Warren is also Organized Retail Theft and Theft and Receipts and Universal Product and Theft of a Motor Vehicle. Both were booked into the parish prison.