Two stolen dogs reunited with owner

Two dogs apparently stolen from a St. Bernard Parish firefighter were reunited with their master Thursday, while the man suspected of taking them was collared.

Jose Garcia, 25, of Meraux, was booked on a count of stolen property after the dogs — an English mastiff named Stella and a Brindle English bulldog named Fi — were found, St. Bernard Sheriff James Pohlmann said.

The dogs were reported missing Sunday and fliers went up around the parish asking anyone who might have seen them to call their owner.

Garcia was arrested after he called the owner’s number he saw on a flier offering a reward for the dogs.

Pohlmann said Garcia lied and said his neighbor had the dogs in his yard on Maureen Lane but that he would jump the fence and recover them.

Sheriff’s deputies, however, found the dogs in Garcia’s house, Pohlmann said.

Pohlmann said the dogs, together worth more than $4,000, either were stolen from the yard of a home on Charles Drive in Chalmette or else got out of the yard themselves but were taken by Garcia.

Rebecca Stechmann, a parish firefighter who owns the dogs with her mother, looked for them when she realized they were out of the yard.

A woman down the block told her she had spoken to a man who had two dogs in his gray Ford Mustang several minutes earlier.

On Thursday, detectives obtained a video from a home in the neighborhood that showed the Mustang with one of the dogs sticking its head out the front passenger window. Patrol deputies were told to be on the lookout for the vehicle, the sheriff said.

About 1:40 p.m. Thursday, Stechmann called the Sheriff’s Office to report an unknown man had called her, claiming he knew where the missing dogs were. The man, without giving his name, called her several more times, according to Pohlmann.

Deputies found Garcia outside his home and questioned him.

He eventually said he had found the dogs on the street on Charles Drive on Sunday and intended to bring them to the animal shelter, Pohlmann said.

He was booked with possession of stolen property because the dogs were considered stolen when days passed and there was no good-faith effort to bring them to the animal shelter or call the Sheriff’s Office, the sheriff said.

Police seek man, 21, in carnal knowledge case

New Orleans detectives are searching for a man wanted on suspicion of carnal knowledge of a juvenile.

Police allege Wilbert Harris, 21, is responsible for a sexual assault that occurred about 5 p.m. April 1 in the 6000 block of Downman Road.

Anyone knowing his whereabouts is asked to contact Detective Alisha Henderson at (504) 658-5523 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

NOPD investigates two armed robberies

New Orleans police on Friday were investigating the following armed robberies:

Two men walked into a business in the 3100 block of St. Claude Avenue about 9:30 p.m. Thursday, pulled out guns and ordered the employees and customers to the floor. The men took money from the cash register and fled.

Two men walked up to a 44-year-old man at Ursulines Avenue and North Broad Street about 5:35 a.m. Friday and robbed him of his cash. The victim was cut with an unknown object, police said.

Police did not provide descriptions of the robbers in either case.

Man stabbed in back walking on Claiborne

A man was stabbed in the back early Friday morning while walking in the Uptown area.

The victim was in the 4100 block of South Claiborne Avenue about 4:20 a.m. when a man known only as “Lacie” walked up from behind and stabbed him, New Orleans police said.

Police did not provide any information on the victim’s condition.

Police: Woman stabbed ex who choked her

A woman said she was choked by her ex-husband early Friday morning in the St. Claude neighborhood.

Police said the ex-husband got into the home in the 1500 block of Clouet Street through a back window about 5 a.m.

He began to choke the victim, who was able to grab a knife and stab him in order to defend herself.

The ex-husband ran away but was later located and treated by New Orleans EMS.

Police did not immediately identify the man.