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 Boulevard in Metairie.
A deputy attempted to stop a silver Jeep Grand Cherokee just before 6 a.m. on July 4 at Transcontinental Drive and West Metairie Boulevard after seeing a man inside wearing orange gloves holding onto the rear hatch with one hand and a pry bar with the other. There also appeared to be large black safe inside, JPSO said.
The driver refused to pull over and a brief chase ensued, ending in the 4800 block of Evangiline Street in Metairie.
The driver, whom police have identified as Julien Cadis, 20, of 1400 N. Starrett Road in Metairie, fled the scene, while Brent Prince, 22, of 4812 Evangeline Street in Metairie, tried to escape out of the rear passenger door but was foiled by the child safety locks.
Prince was arrested on the scene, and after investigators spoke with the Jeep's owner, who was Cadis' girlfriend, they issued a warrant for his arrest. Police 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 into the the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center with one count each of simple burglary, possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools and possession of marijuana.
JPSO said Cadis has a criminal history that includes assault and weapons charges. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact JPSO Detective Todd Giancona or CRIMESTOPPERS.