The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested one man and has a warrant out for another in connection with a weekend burglary of Puccino’s Coffee at 5200 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie.
A deputy tried to stop a silver Jeep Grand Cherokee just before 6 a.m. July 4 at Transcontinental Drive and West Metairie Boulevard after seeing a man inside wearing orange gloves and holding onto the rear hatch with one hand and a pry bar with the other, JPSO spokesman Col. John Fortunato said. There also appeared to be a large black safe inside, he said.
The driver refused to pull over, and a brief chase ensued, ending in the 4800 block of Evangeline Street in Metairie.
The driver, whom Fortunato identified as Julien Cadis, 20, of 1400 N. Starrett Road, Metairie, fled the scene, while Brent Prince, 22, of 4812 Evangeline Road, tried to escape out of the rear passenger door but was foiled by child safety locks.
Prince was arrested at the scene, and after investigators spoke with the Jeep’s owner, who was Cadis’ girlfriend, they issued a warrant for his arrest. Deputies also reviewed surveillance footage from the coffee shop showing two men breaking in through the back door and forcing open the cash registers earlier that morning.
Prince was booked on one count each of simple burglary, possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools and possession of marijuana.
The JPSO said Cadis has an extensive criminal history that includes assault and weapons charges.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.