Poydras man booked in Plaquemines thefts

A 23-year-old St. Bernard Parish man has been arrested on suspicion of stealing copper from homes damaged during Hurricane Isaac in 2012.

Nicholas Dallen Lee, of Poydras, was booked late last month with two counts of theft over $1,500 after investigators connected him to the crimes through DNA, said Cmdr. Eric Becnel, a Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

Lee’s arrest followed a nearly yearlong investigation into copper thefts in the 200 block of Oak Drive in the Braithwaite Park area.

Deputies learned that copper coils were removed from air conditioning units at two or more homes.

Detectives processed two crime scenes, collected potential DNA evidence and submitted it to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for testing.

On Sept. 18, 2013, the Sheriff’s Office was notified that the evidence pointed to Lee, a convicted drug offender.

Detectives obtained a warrant for Lee’s arrest but could not find him.

St. Bernard Parish authorities arrested him May 22 during an unrelated incident, and Lee was transferred to Plaquemines Parish on May 28 on the outstanding warrant.

He allegedly admitted that he stole the copper coils from the air conditioning units and sold them to a scrap yard.

Man, 29, pleads guilty to kidnapping, rape

A man was convicted Tuesday of forcible rape, armed robbery with a firearm and second-degree kidnapping of a high school student more than two years ago.

Jonathan Wilson, 29, pleaded guilty to the charges as part of a plea agreement and was sentenced to 20 years in prison, Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro said.

On Dec. 7, 2011, Wilson approached an 18-year-old student outside her school near Nashville Avenue and Danneel Street and asked to use her phone because his car had broken down. He then pulled out a gun and forced the victim into his car.

He drove to Walnut Street and Leake Avenue and forced her to perform oral sex on him, then assaulted the victim again at South Prieur and Gen. Pershing streets.

Wilson kicked the victim out of his car at South Broad and Palmyra streets.

Police seek to ID man in Broadmoor burglary

New Orleans police are searching for a man wanted in connection with the burglary of a Broadmoor home.

The victim told police she left her home in the 400 block of Audubon Boulevard about 8:20 a.m. Monday after making sure all the doors and windows were locked. She returned home about 5:30 p.m. and found a kitchen window open and various items gone.

Surveillance cameras recorded a black man — who appeared to be in his 40s with a thin build, wearing a white T-shirt, khaki shorts, black tennis shoes and a black baseball cap — walking up the sidewalk about 12:30 p.m.

Anyone who knows the identity of the man is asked to contact Detective Sa’Brina James at (504) 658-6020 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.