EBRSO Arrests Two in Organized Theft Operation

East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s deputies arrested two people yesterday allegedly involved in a long-running theft operation using discarded or lost receipts to steal and return items to local retailers.

April Parker (dob 10/24/77- no address) is charged with a Suspended Driver’s License, Organized Retail Theft (LRS 14:67.25), Theft and Receipts and Universal Product (LRS 14:68.7).

Kevin Warren (dob 11/04/66) of 153 N. 17th Street is charged with Theft of a Motor Vehicle, Organized Retail Theft (LRS 14:67.25), Theft and Receipts and Universal Product (LRS 14:68.7).

An EBRSO deputy was patrolling yesterday afternoon when she received an alert of a stolen vehicle in her vicinity. Following a brief search, the vehicle was located. It was reportedly stolen from the Toys-R-Us on June 2nd. Parker stated she left Warren in the vehicle with the keys in the ignition while she went into the store. She stated that when she exited the store Warren and her vehicle were both gone.

Deputies searched the vehicle and located numerous receipts dated from 2013 to 2015 in addition to 21 different merchant gift cards. Deputies also located books inside the vehicle with details concerning the thefts and transactions. Parker stated that they would go to different retail stores, pick up discarded receipts in the parking lot and steal items from the receipts in order to return the items for cash or gift cards.

EBRSO would like to caution residents about dropping or leaving receipts in merchant parking lots.

“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.”
Anyone with further information concerning this incident or similar incidents is asked to contact the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office at 225-389-5000. Crime Stoppers is also offering a cash reward for anyone with information leading to the arrest of those responsible. Contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at (225) 344- STOP or (225) 344-7867.