A truck driver for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank was arrested Thursday, accused of delivering food from grocery stores to his house instead of the food bank.
Andre Lester Coates, 48, was seen delivering thousands of dollars worth of food from local stores — including Associated Grocers stores, Costco and Trader Joe’s — to his Glen Oaks Drive home between November and January, according to a police report.
Coates, a 10-year-veteran at the food bank, was captured via surveillance technology unloading items from his food bank truck at his house with the help of at least two other people on at least four occasions, the report says.
Coates was booked into Parish Prison on counts of felony theft.
“It is truly disappointing and unfortunate that one individual allegedly placed a higher value on personal gain than that of those who are truly in need of food assistance,” Mike Manning, the food bank’s president and CEO, said in a prepared statement.
Manning also said authorities recovered some of the food allegedly stolen by Coates. “We will salvage and use what we can,” Manning said.
Coates posted $6,000 bail and was released from Parish Prison on Thursday.
Blaze damages B’Nai Israel kitchen
A fire Friday afternoon at Congregation B’Nai Israel caused $35,000 in damage, mainly to its kitchen, according to a Baton Rouge Fire Department report.
Firefighters arrived at the synagogue at 3354 Kleinert Ave. at 2:38 p.m. and were able to contain the blaze to the kitchen within 30 minutes, the report says.
The damage from the fire, caused by unattended cooking, will not prevent the synagogue from opening, the report says.
Authorities book 6 on suspicion of DWI
Authorities arrested at least 6 people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Thursday and 2:30 p.m. Friday, booking records show.
Those booked and the counts against them are:
Jerry Adams, 59, 5923 Maplewood Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, driver’s license suspended or revoked, and possession of an alcoholic beverage in a vehicle.
Patrick Anderson, 26, 2461 Cottonwood Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, drinking in a motor vehicle and reckless operation.
Denise Deweese, 56, 16032 Batavia Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and careless operation.
Adrian Powell, 19, 4317 Highway 10, Washington, first-offense DWI, careless operation and driver’s license required.
Mark Stanley, 27, 5660 Cherryl Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, failure to maintain control of a vehicle, and reckless operation.
Alexander Stregle, 21, 8028 Seville Court, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, prohibited right turn on a red light, and reckless operation.
Compiled from staff reports. To talk to a crime reporter at The Advocate, call (225) 388-0369.