Three arrested in theft of 37 crab traps

Three men were arrested in St. Bernard Parish for allegedly stealing and reusing 37 crab traps worth more than $1,500, according to the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies busted the illegal crabbing ring Wednesday in a joint effort with the state Wildlife and Fisheries Department, officials said.

The 37 traps were stolen recently from the Delacroix Island area and were in use when they were recovered on the Violet Canal, according to Sheriff James Pohlmann.

The alleged ringleader, Jeremy Encardes, 28, is from the St. Bernard community, officials said. Encardes was arrested along with Justin Vicknair, 17, from Violet.

Sgt. Joey Alfonso, of the sheriff’s Special Investigations Division, and Agent Jason Gernados, of Wildlife and Fisheries, made the arrests, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Christopher Areas Jr., 22, of Meraux, was also arrested. He confessed to stealing two truckloads of crab traps from along Delacroix Highway with Encardes, Pohlmann said.

The crab traps’ original tags, which identified the owners, had been removed and replaced with tags identifying Encardes as the owner, officials said.

Encardes was booked with two counts of theft of crab traps and three counts of possession of stolen property. He is being held in St. Bernard Parish Prison in lieu of bail set at $50,000, according to the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office.

Vicknair was booked with three counts of possession of stolen property and was released on a bond of $17,500, officials said.

Areas was booked with three counts of theft and was released on a $10,000 bond.

Man shot Saturday in Central City

A man was shot multiple times Saturday morning in Central City, according to New Orleans police.

The shooting happened about 8:25 a.m. in the 2200 block of St. Andrew Street, police said.

The man was taken to a local hospital in stable condition, according to Officer Garry Flot.

Police did not identify a suspect in the shooting.

Teenager arrested in 7th Ward carjacking

New Orleans police arrested a juvenile wanted for an armed carjacking in the 7th Ward.

Derrick Johnson, 17, was booked Thursday on counts of carjacking and robbery with a firearm. A warrant had been issued for him in connection with the incident that occurred May 20, police said.

Police said a juvenile approached a 61-year-old man at about 5:30 p.m. in the 2100 block of Lapeyrouse Street. Johnson demanded the victim’s keys and stole his 2005 Acura, according to police.

Police put a warrant out for Johnson’s arrest after finding the stolen car and recovering fingerprints.

Johnson was arrested in New Orleans East. Police said they found the keys to the carjacked vehicle in his house.

He is being held at Orleans Parish Prison. Bail has been set at $150,000, according to Sheriff’s Office records.

Johnson had just been arrested June 12 on a count of simple burglary, according to his records.

Man and woman shot Saturday in Treme

A man and a woman were shot inside a vehicle in the Treme neighborhood early Saturday morning, according to New Orleans police.

The double shooting happened in the 1200 block of Gov. Nicholls St.

Police did not release any further information.