Teen accused of breaking into cars outside McKinley High, stealing copy of student's speech signed by President Obama _lowres

Keondrae Ricks

A 17-year-old was arrested Saturday, accused of breaking into cars outside of McKinley High School during a basketball game Friday night and stealing items that included an autographed copy of the speech a student gave welcoming President Barack Obama to the school.

Baton Rouge Police arrested Keondrae Ricks, 17 Saturday after a couple of vehicles were broken into during a basketball game at the high school Friday night, Baton Rouge Police spokesman Don Coppola Jr. said.

The speech was inside one of the vehicles burglarized, Coppola said.

Police went so far as to dig through a dumpster to recover the autographed speech and return it to its rightful owner, Coppola said.

The welcoming speech was given by Che’dra Joseph, the school’s student of the year. Obama signed a copy of the speech for her to have as a memento of his visit to the school.

Ricks was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish prison Saturday afternoon on counts of simple burglary and two counts of contributing to juvenile delinquency, Coppola said.