BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - East Baton Rouge Sheriff's deputies arrested two people Wednesday allegedly involved in a long-running theft operation using discarded or lost receipts to steal and return items to local retailers.
A deputy received an alert of a stolen vehicle in her vicinity. It was reportedly stolen from the Toys-R-Us.
Reports from the Sheriff's Office states 37-year-old April Parker left 48-year-old Kevin Warren in the vehicle with the keys in the ignition while she went into the store. She told deputies when she exited the store, Warren and her vehicle were both gone.
After a brief search, the vehicle was located.
Deputies searched the vehicle and found numerous receipts dating from 2013 to 2015, in addition to 21 different merchant gift cards. Deputies report they also found books inside the vehicle with details concerning the thefts and transactions.
Parker told deputies she and Warren would go to different retail stores, pick up discarded receipts in the parking lot and steal items from the receipts in order to return the items for cash or gift cards.
"This is something that appears to have been very organized and long running," Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said. "These individuals were scoping out parking lots waiting for someone to leave a receipt in order to steal from these merchants."
Deputies say 37-year-old April Parker is charged with a suspended driver's license, organized retail theft, theft and receipts and universal product.
Kevin Warren, 48, is charged with theft of a motor vehicle, organized retail theft, theft and receipts and universal product.
Anyone with further information concerning this incident or similar incidents is asked to contact the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office at 225-389-5000. Crime Stoppers is also offering a cash reward for anyone with information leading to the arrest of those responsible. Contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at (225) 344- STOP or (225) 344-7867.