Port Allen Police Chief: Two home break-ins in four days is 'unusual'

Port Allen Police Chief: Two home break-ins in four days is 'unusual'

PORT ALLEN, LA (WAFB) - Officers with the Port Allen Police Department are looking for 26-year-old Anthony James Carr Jr., of Baton Rouge, for allegedly breaking into a home on Avenue C in Port Allen Monday, August 31.

"He does have a history of that type of incident burglary and theft, so he is a known criminal in Baton Rouge," said Port Allen Police Chief Esdrin Brown.

A judge signed a warrant Tuesday for Carr's arrest. He is wanted for simple burglary and flight from an officer.

Chief Brown said just before 10 a.m. Monday, Carr allegedly kicked in a door of a home on Ave. C. He added someone riding their bike down Ave. C saw the break-in and called police. When police arrived, a high speed chased started.

"[It] started on Ave. C. The guy actually ran a couple of officers off the road and then went across the bridge, and we actually lost him due to the heavy traffic," said Chief Brown.

Carr's girlfriend helped ID him to police. Chief Brown said the following items were missing:

  • Silver & Black Pavilion Laptop ($500)
  • Blue iPhone, 16GB ($200)
  • Brown & Black Samsung Tablet, 16GB ($200)
  • Brown wallet valued at $20 with approximately $80 in cash

Chief Brown said there was another break-in Friday, August 28 at a home on Ave. D.

"A guy rents his house out to a couple. Supposedly when they left, they left early that morning, came back and somebody stole everything out of the house," said Chief Brown.

Chief Brown said their information on this break-in is limited with someone from the community saying they noticed a white male in a pick-up truck. Police said inside the home, "things were thrown all over, cabinets open, drawers open and sheets off the bed."

The following things were missing from inside the home:

  • 2 flat screen TV's ($443)
  • Wii Game system & games ($500)
  • Apple Laptop ($1,000)
  • 2 Apple iPads with cases ($580)
  • Washing machine ($200)
  • Small gold bar necklace ($14)
  • Rear entry door ($200)
  • Approximately $3,357 worth of stolen & damaged items

Chief Brown said he has increased police patrols in the neighborhood for the next several weeks, but adds the neighbors always come together for each other. That's the main reason Kay Gaudin said she moved to Port Allen eight years ago.

"We have a very safe community, and when anything bad happens in our neighborhood, everyone is real quick to look out for one another," said Gaudin.

Anyone with information on Carr's whereabouts or the other suspect's identity is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 225-344-7867.

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