Sheriff Joseph Lopinto announces a number of arrests and wanted individuals in connection with two August convenience store burglaries in which stolen trucks were used to smash into businesses and remove ATMs. All of the suspects involved are from the Houston, TX area, and traveled into the area to commit these offenses. The trucks would be backed into the front of the store, and then the ATMs were loaded into the beds of the trucks. After the burglaries, the suspects transferred the ATMs into stolen vans, which were driven into New Orleans, where the ATMs were broken open and emptied of the cash held inside.
The first incident occurred at the Brother's Food Mart located at 3528 S. I-10 Service Road in Metairie on August 13th, at 3:24 am. Surveillance footage shows the suspects ramming a white Ford F-250 pickup truck through the glass storefront and into the ATM, just seconds after a store employee walked away from the area. The five occupants of the truck then placed the ATM into the bed of the truck and drove away.
Immediately after the burglary, a witness saw the suspects transfer the ATM from the bed of the pickup truck into a white Ford van parked in 2200 block of N. Arnoult Road. The suspects then abandoned the pickup truck and fled in the van. Investigators later learned that both the pickup truck and the van used in the crime were stolen earlier that night just blocks from the Brother's Food Mart.
The next day, New Orleans police officers found the stolen ATM busted open in a playground in the 1600 block of S. Derbigny Street. Our detectives went to the scene and found the stolen white van, which was used in the crime, abandoned at the corner.
The second burglary occurred at the Brother's Food Mart located at 4115 Airline Drive on August 19th, at 5:00 am. Surveillance video captured a white Ford F-250 pickup truck smashing through the glass storefront three times in order to knock over and break the ATM free from its restraints. An employee who stepped outside is seen leaping out of the way of the oncoming pickup truck as it raced toward the store. Then, seven men with their faces covered hopped out of the pickup truck and scrambled to load the ATM into the rear compartment of the truck before they fled the scene of the crime.
Deputies later found the pickup truck abandoned in the 700 block of Manson Avenue. They determined it had been stolen just prior to the burglary only a few blocks away, in the 3600 block of Johnson Street. Investigators later discovered that the suspects stole another Ford pickup truck in the 3900 block of Henican Place in Metairie that same night and staged it near another convenience store that investigators believe was the suspects' next target.
As First District Deputies Edward Urquhart and Christopher Moring made the initial response to the second burglary, they observed a black Dodge Challenger occupied by two males backed into a dead end street intersecting the 500 block of Pasadena Avenue. The driver of the Challenger attempted to flee from the deputies, but instead crashed into a parked car.
The deputies detained the occupants of the Challenger, who were identified as D'Andre Johnson, B/M, DOB: 1/22/1996 and Treyvon McDonald, B/M, DOB: 5/5/1998, both of whom reside in Houston, Texas. Patrol deputies transported Johnson and McDonald to the investigations bureau for interviews by detectives. Both subjects were subsequently charged with Simple Burglary, Aggravated Criminal Damage and two counts of Auto Theft. Further investigation proved that Johnson participated in the first Brother's Food Mart burglary and ATM theft. Johnson was charged with Simple Burglary, Aggravated Criminal Damage and two counts of Auto Theft pursuant to that investigation.
Over the course of the last two months, our lead investigator, Detective David Dalton, as well as assisting Detectives Darrin Parent, Robert Stoltz, and Sergeant David Deroche conducted a thorough investigation. This investigation included extensive detailed research involving possible suspects who participated in these two incidents. Investigators reached out to Houston Police Department investigators, who have investigated similar crimes involving an associated group of suspects from that area. This investigation, in cooperation with the Houston Police Department, led to the names of other potential suspects in the August 13th and August 19th burglaries.
Based on the investigation led by Detective Dalton, the following suspects were apprehended or have warrants issued for their arrest for the following crimes:
August 13th burglary of the Brother's Food Mart, 3528 S. I-10 Service Road & two auto thefts
August 19th burglary of the Brother's Food Mart, 4115 Airline Drive and two auto thefts
The damage to both the businesses was estimated to cost the owner in excess of $130,000 in damages.
Our investigators have interviewed numerous witnesses and suspects who are cooperating with detectives. This case is ongoing and additional arrests are expected. Attached are photographs of those who have been identified or arrested so far.
Lieutenant Jason Rivarde
Public Information Officer