A New Orleans resident has helped police catch two men suspected of using a tow truck to steal cars from homes.
Dawn Dedeaux tells WWL-TV that she caught two men trying to steal her van from a house near the Fair Grounds Race Course. Dedeaux collected enough information that New Orleans police were able to arrest two men who allegedly were towing cars and selling them for scrap in Belle Chasse.
Keith Lanne, 45, and Ruel Smith, 32, both of Gretna, were arrested on multiple counts of theft and conspiracy.
New Orleans police will conduct a sobriety checkpoint "in Orleans Parish" tonight, the department said in a press release.
The NOPD Traffic Division will begin the checkpoint at approximately 9 p.m., and conclude it at approximately 5 a.m. Saturday morning, said Officer Frank Robertson, III. Drivers are advised they will experience minimal delays, and are reminded to have proper documentation on them, including proof of insurance and a driver's license.
The NOPD is required to issue notifications regarding sobriety checkpoints by the Louisiana Supreme Court.
New Orleans police detectives are searching for a beer truck that was stolen this morning in the French Quarter.
Police say the truck — emblazoned with “Miller Beer” on the sides and back — was parked in front of a business in the 600-block of Decatur St. while the driver made his deliveries around 8 a.m. this morning. The driver left the keys inside of the truck and the doors unlocked, and returned to find the vehicle missing.
Crescent Crown Distributing, the truck's owner, did not return a phone call seeking comment.
The New Orleans Police Department is searching for a missing officer, and is requesting the public's assistance in the search, the department announced in a press release this afternoon.
Bryant Louis, a 47-year-old NOPD officer, was last seen leaving his home in the 6300-block of Essex Court around 4 p.m. Sunday, the department said. Louis is an African-American male, approximately 200 pounds and 5'8" tall.
Police say Louis may be in the Baton Rouge area, possibly driving a red 2004 Dodge Ram pickup truck with license plate W971803.