Police arrest suspected meat, cheese bandit

Luis Flores (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)
Luis Flores (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)
Source: Anthony's Deli
Source: Anthony's Deli

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Police have made an arrest in the theft of thousands of dollars worth of meat, cheese and even paper towels from a deli.

The Baton Rouge Police Department reported Luis Flores, 30, is charged with three counts of simple burglary. His bond was set at $12,000.

Detectives said in all, about $3,500 worth of supplies were taken from Anthony's Italian Deli on Florida Boulevard in Baton Rouge on Jan. 9. They added the other burglary charges are for thefts at American Pawn and Auto Zone.

Investigators said the day of the deli burglary surveillance cameras from the pawn shop captured video of a small red truck with white front fender on the driver's side back up toward the deli around the time when the crime happened.

They added two men went to the pawn shop the next day to pawn a pressure washer and workers there recognized the truck the pair was in as possibly the same one seen in the video near the deli.

The pawn shop was broken into early the next morning. Police said surveillance showed two men get into the store through the roof. They added a shotgun, iPhone 5 and computers were taken.

A police officer reported seeing a red truck matching the description of the one seen in the video of the deli burglary turn into an apartment complex and arrested Flores, who was driving. Investigators added the shotgun stolen from the pawn shop was found on the passenger seat of the truck.

BRPD said they received consent to search the apartment and found lots of deli meats and other items that was later confirmed to have been taken from the deli. Officers said a woman had the stolen iPhone and told them she had bought it from Flores that morning.

According to police, the four people living in the apartment said they had let Flores stay with them the past few days.

Owners tell WAFB that most of the food taken was recovered and only about 25 percent was destroyed.

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