Serial booze thief and video-poker burglar arrested in separate cases, police say

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Article by Marta Jewson, for UptownMessenger.com

Errol Raymond (via opcso.org)

One man with an alleged propensity for stealing alcohol from area drug stores and another believed to target video poker machines at local bars were both arrested in separate cases over the last week, authorities said.

Errol Raymond, 36, was arrested Oct. 12 in connection with seven thefts, several of which took place at the CVS at 3700 South Carrollton Avenue and at the location at 4401 South Claiborne, reported Sgt. Warren Keller of the NOPD Second District property-crimes division at the second district’s internal weekly meeting Wednesday.

“He goes inside, grabs bottles of alcohol and takes off running,” Keller said.

Police set up surveillance at both locations Oct. 12, and while they were watching, Raymond came running out, Keller said. Officers chased Raymond and caught him under a house, and he was identified by a cashier in two cases and later tied to five more.

“Right now he’s been charged with seven and possibly three more,” said Keller.

Keller said even though Raymond is a repeat offender, because of the small monetary amount of the thefts he will likely be prosecuted in municipal court. Raymond is currently being held in Orleans Parish Prison.

Bar break-ins
Keller also reported an arrest in a business burglary that may be tied to other break-ins.

On Oct. 13 the owner of Silky’s Bar, 3816 Magnolia St, was alerted to a break-in by an alarm system. Keller said police arrived to find the suspect on the roof. Police pursued the suspect, who fled jumping from roof to roof, and eventually caught him under a house, said Keller.

Demetrius Givens Jr. was arrested at the scene, and Keller said he believes Givens may be tied to two break-ins that occurred earlier in the week.

On Oct. 9, Broadway Bar, 3005 Broadway St., was broken into. Keller said video poker machines were powered down at 2:28 a.m. and video cameras were also unplugged. The video poker machines and jukebox were targeted, said Keller.

The next day, Oct. 10, Margie’s Lounge, 3138 Broadway St., was hit with video poker machines powered down at 1:35 a.m.

Keller said Givens has an address in the 7000 block of Fig Street, fairly close to both bars.

Another suspect in the two break-in’s is a man who broke into Broadway Bar in 2011, and was seen at the bar the night of the recent break-in.

“We are checking histories to see if those two guys are working together,” Keller said.

Marta Jewson is a freelance reporter and photographer based in New Orleans.

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