Woman, 55, arrested for string of robberies in Jefferson Parish _lowres

Patricia Meadows

A 55-year-old woman has been arrested for allegedly robbing or trying to rob several businesses in Jefferson Parish.

Patricia Meadows, who also goes by the name Patricia Tuttle, was booked Tuesday on one count each of armed robbery, attempted armed robbery and two counts of misdemeanor theft. She also was booked on three warrants issued Nov. 7 for forgery, theft and bank fraud, said Col. John Fortunato, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

Investigators believe Meadows is responsible for the following incidents:

  • Saturday, 7:13 p.m. A woman robbed Smoothie Time, 3908 Veterans Blvd., Metairie, after putting a knife to an employee’s neck. She fled in a light-colored vehicle.
  • Monday, 6:31 p.m. A woman tried to rob Planet Beach, 1006 S. Clearview Parkway, Metairie. The woman, armed with a knife, walked up to an employee and demanded the money from the register. The employee ran from the business and the woman fled without anything.

While conducting their investigation, detectives learned about two other incidents committed by a woman who matched the description of the suspect in the prior two incidents.

  • Monday, 5:30 p.m. A woman ran into the Starbucks at 5161 Citrus Ave., Harahan, grabbed the tip jar and fled.
  • Monday, 6:40 p.m. A woman walked into the Baskin Robbins at 5171 Citrus Ave., Harahan, grabbed the tip jar and fled.

Detectives identified Meadows as suspect by using partial license plate information provided by one victim and connected it to a 2003 Toyota Corolla registered to Meadows, who has an address on Phlox Avenue in Metairie.

Each victim identified her as a suspect through a photographic line-up, Fortunato said.

Meadows has a criminal history dating back to 1978 with arrests for theft, forgery, issuing worthless checks, simple burglary, possession of stolen things, simple battery, crime against nature, prostitution, and possession of various narcotics, Fortunato said.

Meadows has 11 prior convictions: three for forgery, three for narcotics violations, one for theft of goods, one for possession of stolen things, one for crime against nature and two for failure to register as a sex offender.