Man accused of stealing more than $10k worth of cigarettes in multi-parish crime spree
BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies have arrested a man they say stole thousands of dollars worth of cigarettes from several stores in East Baton Rouge and Livingston Parishes.
On Thursday, officials with the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office said they were looking for 36-year-old Thimey Brown. He allegedly stole more than $1,500 worth of cigarettes from various locations throughout the parish in recent weeks.
Brown was arrested in East Baton Rouge Friday on a number of other theft and robbery charges in that parish. East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's deputies say they received an anonymous tip which led to Brown's arrest.
According to arrest records, Brown attempted to steal from at least five different gas stations in EBR between May 10 and June 15. In that time, the sheriff's office says he managed to steal more than $9,900 worth of smokes from four different locations spanning all across the capital area.
Detectives believe Brown worked with at least one or two accomplices, but no other arrests have been made at this point. They said those involved in Brown's schemes would distract the clerk on duty while he forced his way into the back office and grabbed the cigarettes.
Brown faces seven counts of simple burglary in Livingston Parish. In EBR, he's facing two charges of theft and one count each for first-degree robbery, armed robbery and simple robbery.