Police arrest suspected copper thief, searching for another suspect

John Ray Jackson (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)
John Ray Jackson (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)
Wayne Watson (Source: BRPD)
Wayne Watson (Source: BRPD)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Police arrested a man suspected of damaging air conditioning units at a business and stealing the copper inside them.

The Baton Rouge Police Department reported John Ray Jackson, 47, of Baton Rouge, was arrested in connection with burglaries at Acme Refrigeration on Sunday and Monday.

Detectives said during a surveillance operation late Tuesday night, they spotted a man retrieving air conditioning coils he had hidden behind other businesses.

They reported he put the coils in his truck and drove off. They added he tried to flee police but was caught a short time later.

He was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on two counts of simple burglary and aggravated flight from an officer.

Baton Rouge Police have also issued a warrant for 49-year-old Wayne Watson in connection to the burglary. Anyone with information on Watson's location is asked to call the BRPD Burglary division at 389-3824 or Crime Stoppers at 344-STOP (7867)

The air conditioning units were reportedly worth $65,000.

Police said the investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected.

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