Man flees Quarter store with two Rolexes
Police are trying to identify a man suspected of stealing two expensive Rolex watches from a French Quarter store.
The unknown man walked into Valobra Jewelry & Antiques in the 300 block of Royal Street about 6 p.m. Wednesday.
A sales clerk spoke to the man, who walked out with two watches after the clerk left him alone for a moment, police said.
One watch is an 18-karat yellow gold Rolex Daytona with a crocodile band worth $18,000. The other is an 18-karat white gold Rolex Datejust valued at $5,200.
The man, recorded on surveillance video, told the clerk he was from Copenhagen, Denmark. He was bearded and wore a yarmulke.
Eighth District Detective Michael Flores is in charge of the investigation and can be reached at (504) 658-6080.
2nd suspect booked in West Bank robbery
A man wanted in connection with a recent robbery of a 73-year-old woman on the West Bank has been arrested.
Authorities booked Brian Rodas, 22, Wednesday night on a count of armed robbery, said Glen Boyd, a Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman.
Rodas was picked up at his home in the 7400 block of Claremont Street in Marrero.
Deputies found the victim’s belongings inside Rodas’ home, Boyd said. They also found the clothing he wore during the robbery, two guns and a marijuana plant, Boyd said.
Rodas was booked on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and manufacturing marijuana.
Deputies previously arrested a 14-year-old boy who also is suspected in the robbery that happened Oct. 13 in the Woodmere subdivision.
Man stabs nephew during fight, police say
A man stabbed his nephew with a pair of scissors during a fight Wednesday afternoon, New Orleans police said.
The 23-year-old victim and his uncle were arguing when the uncle grabbed the scissors and injured the nephew about 4:15 p.m. in the 1700 block of North Rampart Street.
Police provided no information on the victim’s condition. They said they obtained a warrant for the uncle but did not identify him.
N.O. police investigate two armed robberies
New Orleans police on Thursday were investigating the following armed robberies reported on an overnight crime log:
7:05 a.m. Wednesday at Louisa and Benefit streets: An unknown man walked up to the 17-year-old victim waiting for a bus and demanded his headphones. The victim complied. Police on Thursday released a computer sketch of the unknown robber.
8:55 p.m. Wednesday in the 3300 block of Clouet Street: Three men walked up to the 59-year-old victim while he was sitting in his car and demanded his car keys. The victim ran away, but the robbers searched the victim’s car and took his cellphone.
Man hospitalized after shooting in Mid-City
A man was treated at a hospital after being shot early Thursday in Mid-City.
The shooting was reported about 2:30 a.m. in the 4500 block of Baudin Street. The victim was in an argument with a man who pulled out a gun and started firing, police said.
Police provided no information on the victim’s condition.
Police seek woman to question in shooting
Police are searching for a woman who might have information about a shooting Wednesday in Central City.
Detectives want to speak with Ozonesha James, 28, about the shooting that injured a 22-year-old man about 3:30 p.m. in the 1800 block of South Liberty Street.
James is not a suspect, police said.
Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact 6th District Detective John Waterman at (504) 658-6060.
Jeff authorities search for Metairie robber
Jefferson Parish authorities are searching for a man suspected of robbing a Metairie business at gunpoint.
The unknown man walked into the business in the 5900 block of Veterans Memorial Boulevard about 12:20 a.m. Wednesday and demanded cash from the register.
The man, captured on surveillance footage, fled after getting the money.
He is described as black, in his 30s, about 5-foot-10, 190 to 210 pounds and bald. He wore sunglasses, a large white T-shirt and dark pants.
Anyone with information on his identity is asked to contact Detective Richard Hines, of the Sheriff’s Office’s Robbery Section, at (504) 364-5376.
N.O. man sentenced to 27 months in prison
A New Orleans man will spend 27 months in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and possession of unauthorized access devices.
U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo sentenced Curtis Anderson, 36, on Thursday and ordered three years of supervised release after the prison term.
Anderson also must pay $75,361 to BP and banks that suffered financial losses because of a card-skimming scheme.
According to court documents, between September 2010 and January 2011, Anderson submitted false documents and made false statements to the Gulf Coast Claims Facility in support of his claim that his janitorial business lost income as a result of the BP oil spill.
In addition to defrauding BP, Anderson was found to be in possession of 317 unauthorized access devices — credit and debit card account numbers — that belonged to other people.