Baton Rouge Police arrested two people who reported a vehicle stolen but allegedly had in fact schemed to burn and dump the vehicle for insurance money.
Kenyetta West, 36, told Baton Rouge police officers around 9 p.m. Tuesday that her vehicle had been stolen from the 4600 block of North Street, a Baton Rouge Police report says, but an officer investigating the report obtained surveillance video showing 26-year-old Nikkolas Jordan, who is related to West, climbing into the vehicle and driving off.
Police later stopped Jordan while he was driving the vehicle in the 1200 block of North Foster and arrested him, the report says.
Jordan told police West gave him “specific instructions to take the vehicle and burn it at an undisclosed location,” the report says.
As investigators listened, Jordan called West, who asked if the vehicle had been destroyed and said she’d pay Jordan once the insurance claim went through, the report says.
Another witness told police West “orchestrated the entire plan to have her vehicle stolen … in an attempt to gather insurance money,” the report says.
Police booked West, of 928 Trammell Drive, and Jordan, of 13071 Wallis St., into Parish Prison on one count each of conspiracy to commit arson with intent to defraud.
The pair remained in jail Wednesday evening. Jail records indicate bail is set at $10,000 each.