WBRZ https://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ Crime Crime en-us Copyright 2021, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Sat, 4 Dec 2021 HH:12:ss GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ https://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Deputies looking for women who stole $1,300 worth of liquor from Walmart https://www.wbrz.com/news/deputies-looking-for-women-who-stole-1-300-worth-of-liquor-from-walmart/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/deputies-looking-for-women-who-stole-1-300-worth-of-liquor-from-walmart/ Crime Tue, 30 Nov 2021 1:44:46 PM WBRZ Staff Deputies looking for women who stole $1,300 worth of liquor from Walmart

PRAIRIEVILLE - Sheriff's deputies are looking for a group of women who stole more than $1,000 worth of alcohol from a Walmart in Ascension Parish.

The sheriff's office said Tuesday that the thefts happened across two days, Oct. 24 and 25. Surveillance images showed at least what appeared to be three female suspects inside the Prairieville store.

The thieves stole roughly $1,300 in liquor and left the store in a silver four-door Acura sedan. 

Anyone with information on their whereabouts is asked to contact the sheriff's office at (225) 621-8330.

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Vehicle stolen from parking lot with toddler still inside; child found safe https://www.wbrz.com/news/vehicle-stolen-from-parking-lot-with-toddler-still-inside-child-found-safe/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/vehicle-stolen-from-parking-lot-with-toddler-still-inside-child-found-safe/ Crime Tue, 30 Nov 2021 10:38:56 AM WBRZ Staff Vehicle stolen from parking lot with toddler still inside; child found safe

ZACHARY - A vehicle was stolen from outside a business in East Baton Rouge with a sleeping two-year-old still inside.

The Zachary Police Department first shared details of the crime on Tuesday morning. The department said the vehicle had been left running in a parking lot Friday, Nov. 26 while the driver briefly ran inside of the UPS Store on Main Street around 11:30 a.m. 

According to police, the vehicle was recovered shortly afterward at the 1400 block of Plank Road with the child still asleep inside. 

"Zachary, Louisiana is a great place to raise a family and own a business, but unfortunately our beloved city is not immune to crime. Many crimes are crime of opportunity. Education and transparency are our best tools to prevent these crimes," police said in a statement on Tuesday.

Police are still investigating the crime. Anyone with information on a suspect is encouraged to contact the Zachary Police Department. 

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18-year-old shot, killed on Gus Young Avenue late Monday morning https://www.wbrz.com/news/18-year-old-shot-killed-on-gus-young-avenue-late-monday-morning/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/18-year-old-shot-killed-on-gus-young-avenue-late-monday-morning/ Crime Mon, 29 Nov 2021 12:07:07 PM WBRZ Staff 18-year-old shot, killed on Gus Young Avenue late Monday morning

BATON ROUGE -An 18-year-old was found shot to death in his car on Gus Young Avenue late Monday morning. 

Baton Rouge Police said it was around 10:20 a.m. when Joshua Shorter was found sitting in the driver's side of his car with multiple gunshot wounds.

Anyone with any information should call (225) 389-4869.

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Police identify man found murdered Wednesday https://www.wbrz.com/news/police-identify-man-found-murdered-wednesday/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/police-identify-man-found-murdered-wednesday/ Crime Wed, 24 Nov 2021 10:27:47 AM WBRZ Staff Police identify man found murdered Wednesday

BATON ROUGE - Police identified a man found dead on N 24th Street earlier this week.

Torey Harris, 37, was found around nine o'clock Wednesday morning on property near the corner of N. 24th and North Street.  Police released Harris' identity Saturday morning.

Harris had been shot, police said.

Harris' death is among the growing homicides in East Baton Rouge, as of Thanksgiving, more than 150 homicides occurred in the parish so far this year.  It's the most ever. 

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Man shot, killed while being mugged in parking lot of Baton Rouge apartment Thursday morning https://www.wbrz.com/news/man-shot-killed-while-being-mugged-in-parking-lot-of-baton-rouge-apartment-thursday-morning/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/man-shot-killed-while-being-mugged-in-parking-lot-of-baton-rouge-apartment-thursday-morning/ Crime Thu, 25 Nov 2021 10:36:44 AM Trey Schmaltz Man shot, killed while being mugged in parking lot of Baton Rouge apartment Thursday morning

BATON ROUGE - The growing homicide rate increased again on Thanksgiving, jumping above 150 homicides so far this year with a killing on Gayosa Street early Thursday morning.

Police said Justin Henry, 33, was found shot to death in the parking lot of the apartment complex where he lived.  The complex is at 1840 Gayosa Street in Downtown East, an area targeted for revitalization.

Police said the shooting happened shortly before 5 a.m.

Police believe he was shot and killed while being mugged: "Robbery is a potential motive," police said in a statement, but did not elaborate on if there were any suspects.

Henry's death brings the homicide number in East Baton Rouge to 153 as of 10 a.m. on Thursday, November 25.

Follow the publisher of this post on Twitter: @treyschmaltz

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Police: 16-year-old shot man to death, left another wounded after fight in Baton Rouge https://www.wbrz.com/news/police-16-year-old-shot-man-to-death-left-another-wounded-after-fight-in-baton-rouge/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/police-16-year-old-shot-man-to-death-left-another-wounded-after-fight-in-baton-rouge/ Crime Wed, 24 Nov 2021 10:44:24 AM Jeremy Krail Police: 16-year-old shot man to death, left another wounded after fight in Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE - A teenager allegedly shot two people after an argument Tuesday night, leaving one of the victims dead. 

The Baton Rouge Police Department said the shooting happened around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at a house on Linwood Street. A 16-year-old allegedly shot both victims after the confrontation turned physical.

The person killed was identified as Kendrick Gibson, 29. 

The teen was booked into juvenile jail on charges of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, obstruction of justice and illegal use of a weapon. 

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Deputies: Suspect stole over $1,000 in cigarettes from Prairieville Family Dollar Store https://www.wbrz.com/news/deputies-suspect-stole-over-1-000-in-cigarettes-from-prairieville-family-dollar-store/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/deputies-suspect-stole-over-1-000-in-cigarettes-from-prairieville-family-dollar-store/ Crime Wed, 24 Nov 2021 9:57:35 AM Paula Jones Deputies: Suspect stole over $1,000 in cigarettes from Prairieville Family Dollar Store

ASCENSION PARISH - Deputies with the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office (APSO) are searching for a suspect who made off with over $1,000 in cartons of cigarettes from a Family Dollar store in Prairieville.

The incident occurred last Friday (November 19) around 7 p.m. at the Family Dollar location on Hwy 933.

Authorities described the suspect as a man who left the scene in a white Mercedes Benz with a covered license plate.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is urged to contact the APSO at (225) 621-8330 or (225)-621-8331, or by texting 847411 to the anonymous tip line.

A third option is to contact Greater Baton Rouge Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.

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Man arrested after deadly apartment shooting on Toulon Drive https://www.wbrz.com/news/man-arrested-after-deadly-apartment-shooting-on-toulon-drive/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/man-arrested-after-deadly-apartment-shooting-on-toulon-drive/ Crime Sun, 21 Nov 2021 10:07:26 AM WBRZ Staff Man arrested after deadly apartment shooting on Toulon Drive

BATON ROUGE - One person is dead and another behind bars following a deadly shooting Saturday night on the 2600 block of Toulon Road.

According to Sheriff's Deputies, detectives responded to the shooting around 9 p.m. Saturday night. 31-year-old Jason Rosilez was found dead inside his apartment with three juvenile victims found unharmed.

Witnesses say gunfire was exchanged after Rosilez pointed his weapon at 46-year-old Erron Joseph. Allegedly, Joseph then entered the home with a high caliber rifle and fired at Rosilez, killing him.

Joseph was taken into custody and charged with first-degree murder and 3 counts of attempted first-degree murder.

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Agents arrest 19-year-old in Zachary on 50 counts of child pornography https://www.wbrz.com/news/agents-arrest-19-year-old-in-zachary-on-50-counts-of-child-pornography/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/agents-arrest-19-year-old-in-zachary-on-50-counts-of-child-pornography/ Crime Mon, 22 Nov 2021 4:59:56 PM WBRZ Staff Agents arrest 19-year-old in Zachary on 50 counts of child pornography

ZACHARY - A 19-year-old was booked into jail Monday after he allegedly uploaded videos showing children as young as 4 years old being forced to perform sex acts. 

The Louisiana Bureau of Investigations said Connor Rome was arrested after a months-long investigation dating all the way back to March. At the time, agents said they received a tip that Rome had uploaded videos depicting suspected child pornography via the Dropbox app. 

Investigators reviewed the uploads and found that more than 60 of those explicit videos showed young boys who appeared to be between the ages of 4 and 12 years old. 

Agents were able to connect Rome and his Zachary address to the account that uploaded the videos. He was arrested on 50 counts of child pornography. 

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Man dies after overnight shooting in Plaquemine https://www.wbrz.com/news/man-dies-after-overnight-shooting-in-plaquemine/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/man-dies-after-overnight-shooting-in-plaquemine/ Crime Wed, 17 Nov 2021 10:58:02 PM WBRZ Staff Man dies after overnight shooting in Plaquemine

PLAQUEMINE - A man is dead after a double shooting in Iberville Parish late Wednesday night.

Iberville Parish sheriff's deputies found one victim with a gunshot wound near the corner of Dennis Street and Barrow Street. Deputies said a second victim showed up at a hospital. 

The victim found at the shooting scene, identified as Shelby Williams, later died at a Baton Rouge hospital. 

Sheriff Brett Stassi said deputies are working to determine if the men shot one another or if they were shot by a third person. 

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Authorities targeting capital area crime ring amid string of Ulta heists https://www.wbrz.com/news/authorities-targeting-capital-area-crime-ring-amid-string-of-ulta-heists/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/authorities-targeting-capital-area-crime-ring-amid-string-of-ulta-heists/ Crime Thu, 18 Nov 2021 3:27:35 PM WBRZ Staff Authorities targeting capital area crime ring amid string of Ulta heists

GONZALES - A series of thefts targeting beauty products at shopping centers in and around the Baton Rouge area has multiple agencies looking for the group of women responsible for the crimes. 

Police say the same group, believed to be operating out of Baton Rouge and Gonzales, is responsible for multiple thefts.

So far, law enforcement officials reported at least three separate thefts in the month of October alone. Two of those incidents happened at the Ulta Beauty store in Gonzales and at an Ulta store in Hammond. 

On Thursday, the Gonzales Police Department shared photos from yet another theft that happened in Gonzales. 

In each crime, groups of women were seen shoplifting anywhere from $700 to $7,000 worth of perfume.

Anyone with information on the thieves' identities or their whereabouts is asked to contact law enforcement.

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Juvenile among 2 arrested in Tigerland shootout that killed teen https://www.wbrz.com/news/juvenile-among-2-arrested-in-tigerland-shootout-that-killed-teen/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/juvenile-among-2-arrested-in-tigerland-shootout-that-killed-teen/ Crime Thu, 18 Nov 2021 12:00:34 PM WBRZ Staff Juvenile among 2 arrested in Tigerland shootout that killed teen

BATON ROUGE - Two suspects, ages 17 and 18, were arrested Thursday in a shooting that left a teenager dead at a Tigerland apartment complex.

The Baton Rouge Police Department said Cortlin Reese, 18, and the unidentified juvenile are facing charges in the Nov. 7 killing outside the Tiger Plaza apartments. Officials described the incident as a shootout between teenagers. 

Police said the gunfight, which killed 17-year-old Beyond Wright, happened in the middle of the day. 

District Attorney Hillar Moore said the apartment complex has been a hotbed for crime in the past, but there's no easy answer to addressing the problem there. 

"It's kind of difficult for us to go in and say we're going to shut your entire place down, because you displace 300 families when it should just be a few," District Attorney Hillar Moore told WBRZ earlier this month.

Reese is facing a charge of first-degree murder. The unnamed juvenile was booked into the juvenile detention center on undisclosed charges.

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Police make one arrest, confiscate large sum of narcotics in Avis Avenue drug bust https://www.wbrz.com/news/police-make-one-arrest-confiscate-large-sum-of-narcotics-in-avis-avenue-drug-bust/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/police-make-one-arrest-confiscate-large-sum-of-narcotics-in-avis-avenue-drug-bust/ Crime Thu, 18 Nov 2021 9:16:48 AM WBRZ Staff Police make one arrest, confiscate large sum of narcotics in Avis Avenue drug bust

BATON ROUGE - Capital area police say a Wednesday, November 17 drug bust resulted in the confiscation of a significant amount of cash, weapons, and drugs.

The Baton Rouge Police Street Crimes Unit on Wednesday partnered with the DEA-HIDTA Task Force and the Baton Rouge Police Special Response Team to arrest 41-year-old Eddie Turner after executing a search warrant located at 9444 Avis Avenue.

Police say they confiscated a host of narcotics, a large sum of money and multiple guns.

Turner was currently out on bond for a Homicide and Possession with intent to distribute Sch II charge.

He was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison Possession with Intent to Distribute Sch I, Possession with Intent to Distribute II, Possession with Intent to Distribute Sch III and Possession of Firearm with CDS. 

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Abbeville teen recovering after being shot in the head while walking home from school https://www.wbrz.com/news/abbeville-teen-recovering-after-being-shot-in-the-head-while-walking-home-from-school/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/abbeville-teen-recovering-after-being-shot-in-the-head-while-walking-home-from-school/ Crime Thu, 18 Nov 2021 9:04:02 AM Paula Jones Abbeville teen recovering after being shot in the head while walking home from school

LAFAYETTE - A 15-year-old Abbeville teen was shot in the head while walking home after school Tuesday, and now his family says he's continuing to heal from his injuries.  

KATC reports that Alantrey Levy had just been dropped off by his school bus when he was shot.

As of Thursday morning, after undergoing surgery, the teen is already beginning to feel better. 

“He’s responding to everything, and they took the tube out of his mouth, and he’s talking and wanted something to drink, and he wanted to eat,” a friend of Levy's family told KATC. “He's doing well, as expected, to say he had a gunshot wound to his head.”

Levy's mother told reporters she found out about the shooting via social media and was shocked.

“Nobody wants to hear anything like that,” she said. “Especially over social media.

Now, in addition to helping the 15-year-old recover, Levy's family and close friends spend time urging local leaders to establish programs that will encourage youths to replace violence with peaceful ways to resolve conflicts. 

“They see all the killings that are going on in Abbeville,” said the aforementioned family friend. “They need to start some kind of programs or after-school lunch, anything to show they care instead of not doing anything. No type of movement or nothing’s being done, no sponsors, no money is being put in the community for better things.”

The incident reportedly occurred on Schlesinger Street at Maude Avenue, and Abbeville Police have arrested a juvenile for the shooting.

Levy's mother told KATC she believes the family of the other youth may also be in pain. 

“Both families are hurting; you understand?” said Levy. “My child is in the hospital; their child somewhere else. All parents are hurting. It's time for all of this to stop.”

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Man in ski mask accused of raping 75-year-old woman at knifepoint https://www.wbrz.com/news/man-in-ski-mask-accused-of-raping-75-year-old-woman-at-knifepoint/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/man-in-ski-mask-accused-of-raping-75-year-old-woman-at-knifepoint/ Crime Tue, 16 Nov 2021 7:31:28 PM Logan Cullop Man in ski mask accused of raping 75-year-old woman at knifepoint

EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH - A man found naked and sleeping in a stranger's bed was arrested Tuesday on rape and related charges.

The 75-year-old woman told investigators that she was in the bathroom around 9:30 a.m. when someone she'd never seen before appeared in her bathroom doorway "wearing a ski mask, underwear, and socks while holding a silver kitchen knife," according to arrest documents.

The attacker made her to drink alcohol and forced her at knifepoint to perform sex acts. The victim said her attacker eventually passed out in her home, giving her time to escape and call 911.

Detectives arrived to find Conway Tullier, 45, asleep in the woman's bed, arrest documents show. The knife and ski mask were nearby.

In a storage room near the woman's garage, detectives found clothing and shoes they say ties Tullier to the crime. Investigators say it appears that he approached the house by way of an wooded area at the edge of the property.

Tullier was booked with first-degree rape and home invasion.

Investigators say Tullier acknowledged going into the woman's home and drinking alcohol. He then asked for a lawyer, arrest document show.

Arrest documents noted that the victim did not know Tullier and had never seen him before.

East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office confirmed Tullier was arrested Nov. 11 for unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling and released on his own recognizance two days later. Bonding documents describe him as homeless.

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Accused rapist charged in BR home invasion was previously convicted of attacking woman in Florida https://www.wbrz.com/news/accused-rapist-charged-in-br-home-invasion-was-previously-convicted-of-attacking-woman-in-florida/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/accused-rapist-charged-in-br-home-invasion-was-previously-convicted-of-attacking-woman-in-florida/ Crime Wed, 17 Nov 2021 4:48:38 PM WBRZ Staff Accused rapist charged in BR home invasion was previously convicted of attacking woman in Florida

BATON ROUGE - A homeless man charged in a home invasion where a 75-year-old woman was raped at knifepoint was previously sentenced to 10 years in Florida prison for trying to strangle a woman.

In 2011, the Leon County Sheriff's Office reported that Conway Tullier was arrested after a deputy spotted him attacking a woman along a roadway. Tullier fled when he saw the deputy but was apprehended shortly afterward.

The 20-year-old victim told investigators at the time that she was walking from a nearby business when Tullier ran up behind her, wrapped a shoelace around her neck and tried to choke her. She said she tried to fight off Tullier with her shoes and pulled him into the roadway when she saw the deputy's car approaching. 

At the time, deputies believed Tullier, who's from Baton Rouge, had been in the Leon County area for about a month. 

After Tullier was convicted in that attack, he spent just under eight years in a Florida prison before being released in January 2020. 

Arrest records show Tullier was then arrested earlier this month when a caretaker at the LSU Rural Life Museum found Tullier in his on-site home. The caretaker confronted Tullier and followed him until officers arrived to take him into custody. He was released two days after that.

Less than a week later, a woman found Tullier inside her bathroom wearing a ski mask and armed with a kitchen knife.

The attack happened about 9:30 Tuesday morning in a neighborhood of older homes near Essen and I-12.

The 75-year-old victim told deputies she was forced to perform sex acts until Tullier eventually fell asleep in her bed. 

The woman escaped and called for help while Tullier was unconscious. Deputies found him asleep in the victim's bed and booked him on charges of first-degree rape and home invasion. 

Neighbors who are now on edge, say they just want to make sure he stays in jail so this doesn't happen again.

"He needs to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. This is not acceptable," said neighbor, Joseph Wilson. 

Tullier is currently being held without bond at the East Baton Rouge jail.

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Traffic stop leads deputies to drugs, several guns at Iberville Parish home https://www.wbrz.com/news/traffic-stop-leads-deputies-to-drugs-several-guns-at-iberville-parish-home/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/traffic-stop-leads-deputies-to-drugs-several-guns-at-iberville-parish-home/ Crime Wed, 17 Nov 2021 2:27:02 PM WBRZ Staff Traffic stop leads deputies to drugs, several guns at Iberville Parish home

ST. GABRIEL - A traffic stop led to charges for three people and the seizure of a myriad of drugs and weapons at an Iberville Parish home. 

The Iberville Sheriff's Office said the find stemmed from a traffic stop involving Justin LeBlanc of Belle Rose. The department said the stop led deputies to obtain a search warrant for the St. Gabriel home of LeBlanc's passenger, Malcolm Oliver. 

At Oliver's home, drug agents seized the following items.

-3 pounds of high-grade marijuana
- approximately 16 grams of crack cocaine and oxycodone pills
- .380 caliber pistol
- .38 caliber pistol
- .223 caliber rifle
- 5.5x28 caliber pistol
- two 9mm caliber pistols
- an assortment of ammunition.

Oliver and his housemate, Rocquell Tillman, were both arrested for drug possession with intent to distribute, as well as for possession of firearms in the presence of controlled substances. Oliver was additionally charged as a felon in possession of a firearm. 

LeBlanc was issued a traffic citation and a summons for simple possession of marijuana and released. 

Officials said the arrests were the result of a lengthy joint investigation involving the Iberville Parish Narcotic Division, Baton Rouge Police Narcotic Division and Ascension Parish Narcotic Division

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Woman accused of stealing $33k from Louisiana Workforce Commission https://www.wbrz.com/news/woman-accused-of-stealing-33k-from-louisiana-workforce-commission/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/woman-accused-of-stealing-33k-from-louisiana-workforce-commission/ Crime Wed, 17 Nov 2021 11:53:27 AM Paula Jones Woman accused of stealing $33k from Louisiana Workforce Commission

BATON ROUGE - A 27-year-old Baton Rouge woman is behind bars for allegedly stealing approximately $33,000 in unemployment benefits from the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC).

Deputies with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office (EBRSO) say Cinnamon Latrice Jordan obtained the money using fraudulent means between January of 2020 and August of 2021.

According to deputies, Jordan had LWC make regular deposits of unemployment payments into two different accounts at two separate banking institutions. Authorities say Jordan used a stolen identity to open one of the accounts. 

She has since been arrested on charges of theft, illegal transfer of monetary funds, and identity theft. 

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Deputies find 50 pounds of marijuana during I-12 traffic stop https://www.wbrz.com/news/deputies-find-50-pounds-of-marijuana-during-i-12-traffic-stop/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/deputies-find-50-pounds-of-marijuana-during-i-12-traffic-stop/ Crime Tue, 16 Nov 2021 2:46:42 PM Logan Cullop Deputies find 50 pounds of marijuana during I-12 traffic stop

ST. TAMMANY PARISH - A man was pulled over and arrested after deputies found over 50 pounds of weed in his vehicle.

St. Tammany Parish sheriff's deputies stopped 30-year-old Jorge Valeriano on I-12 near the Highway 1088 exit Sunday around 9 p.m. for traffic violations.

Valeriano told deputies he was driving from Texas to Alabama to find a job. Deputies searched the vehicle and "uncovered 46 vacuum-sealed bags containing approximately 51 pounds of suspected marijuana concealed inside of two suitcases and one plastic container within the bed of the truck," according to arrest documents.

Deputies also noted Valeriano had nearly $1,500 in cash.

Valeriano was booked on one count of following too close, possession with intent to distribute a schedule I controlled substance, and transactions involving proceeds from drug offenses.

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Shoplifters stole over $7k in perfume from Hammond store, likely tied to similar heists in capital area https://www.wbrz.com/news/shoplifters-stole-over-7k-in-perfume-from-hammond-store-likely-tied-to-similar-heists-in-capital-area/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/shoplifters-stole-over-7k-in-perfume-from-hammond-store-likely-tied-to-similar-heists-in-capital-area/ Crime Tue, 16 Nov 2021 1:55:24 PM WBRZ Staff Shoplifters stole over $7k in perfume from Hammond store, likely tied to similar heists in capital area

HAMMOND - A group of women targeting beauty products stole over $7,000 worth of merchandise from a store in Tangipahoa Parish, and investigators believe they're part of a group operating out of the Baton Rouge area. 

On Monday, the Hammond Police Department shared photos of the thieves at an Ulta Beauty store at the Hammond Square Mall last month. Police said the four unknown women immediately went to the store's fragrance aisle and concealed about $7,457 worth of products before walking out of the business. 

Police believe the thieves' ages range 18-25 and are anywhere from 5'3" to 5'9" tall. 

The department said the women are likely part of a group operating out of Baton Rouge and Gonzales. 

Just a day before the theft in Hammond, a similar crime was reported at an Ulta Beauty store in Gonzales. In that theft, about $1,200 worth of perfume was stolen under similar circumstances.

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