LAPLACE, LA (WAFB) - Investigators have released surveillance images in an armed robbery with hopes the public can help them find the suspect or a car that was involved.
The St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff's Office reported the robbery happened at Cash 4 Less on West Airline Highway in LaPlace on Jan. 15, 2015 just before 8:30 p.m.
Sheriff Mike Tregre said it is believed the car that dropped the robber off is a burgundy or dark-colored 1992-1997 Ford Crown Victoria or Mercury Grand Marquis. Detectives said it has white wall tires on the back passenger and front driver's side. They added none of the wheels had hubcaps on them.
The suspect is described as 5'6" and 200 pounds. He was wearing a red bandana over his face, so deputies don't have a better description.
Authorities said surveillance video show the suspect was dropped off in front of the victims' home and broke into it about an hour before they returned. The victims reportedly told investigators the suspect was inside waiting for them when they got home and forced them at gunpoint to drive to the business.
Tregre believes their suspect may be someone with inside information. That's based on the route he had the victims take and the fact that he was dropped off at their home one hour before they arrived home from work.
"He was very familiar with their routine," the sheriff said. "He knew which streets not to take because he knows our major thoroughfares are heavily patrolled. So he went through back streets and got them to the business."
Sheriff Tregre says the pictures were shown in their area, but they have yet to receive any tips. Tregre says now they are focusing on Baton Rouge, in hopes someone in the metro area will recognize either the car or the man in the pictures. "We find the car we can solve this case," Tregre said.
They added the suspect then made them put cash in plastic bag and he ran off with the money. It is unknown how much cash the suspect got away with.
"Somebody planned it. Somebody plotted."
Anyone with information about the suspect or the car is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 504-822-1111 or SJPSO at 985-359-8477. Tips can also be submitted via the sheriff's office's website.