Arrest warrant issued for Baker City Councilman accused of stealing pie

Arrest warrant issued for Baker City Councilman accused of stealing pie

BAKER, LA (WAFB) - An arrest warrant has been issued for Baker City Councilman John Givens, according to Baker Police officials. He is being charged with simple theft and misusing his power after allegedly stealing a banana cream pie.

Store Owner Abdallah Ragusa showed in-store surveillance video of Givens Tuesday eating what he says is a banana cream pie at Ragusa's Meat Market on Groom Road. Ragusa adds the video captured shows Givens putting the empty wrapper in his front pocket. Ragusa says Givens made no mention of the pie when he stepped up the counter to pay for several other items.

"He did not address anything and he did not tell me that he ate a pie or that I have a wrapper in my pocket that I would like to pay for. No he did not say that," said Ragusa.

Ragusa says he asked Givens if he was going to pay for the pie he had eaten in the store. He adds Givens became upset pulling out his councilman badge and saying you must not know who I am.

"After that he saw that I called the police. He said please let me pay for this and that's when I refused. I told him I don't take any money for anything you try to steal. You can have it, but I'm not going to charge you for it," said Ragusa.

9News spoke to Givens by phone and while he declined our request for an on-camera interview, he did say he pulled out his badge to ask why he would steal as a councilman and that the incident is being blown out of proportion.

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