Three booked in 13 West Bank burglaries, and other N.O.-area crime news

Three booked in 13 West Bank burglaries

Three men suspected in multiple business and residential burglaries in Jefferson Parish were arrested Monday, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday.

Isaac Harris, Hector Castillo and Ricky Tolliver each face 13 counts of burglary and attempted burglary.

Deputies responding Monday to two attempted residential burglaries in the Park Place subdivision in Terrytown stopped Tolliver, 21, and Castillo, 17, because they matched the descriptions of two of the men seen trying to break into the homes, said Col. John Fortunato, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

Detectives began to question the two about a string of burglaries and were led to an address on East Monterey Court where Harris, 19, lives. Harris was identified as the third suspect in the burglaries.

Harris was not home, but his mother agreed to find him and bring him in for questioning, Fortunato said.

After deputies were able to search the home, they found items believed to have been stolen during burglaries in the area.

Castillo admitted during questioning to participating in three burglaries with Harris and Tolliver, at 924 E. Lexington Ave., 714 Terry Parkway and 5129 Lapalco Blvd.

Tolliver admitted to burglaries at 808 Morningside Drive, 1801 Stumpf Blvd., 1130 Behrman Highway, 2149 N. Lexington Ave., 916 Kingsway Drive West, 924 E. Lexington Ave. and 837 Oakwood Drive and attempted burglaries at 714 Terry Parkway, 920 Kingsway Drive West, 828 Fairfax Drive and 1045 Kingsway Drive East.

He told investigators that Castillo and Harris were with him in each instance.

Harris confessed to burglaries at 1130 Behrman Highway, 5128 Lapalco Blvd., 1760 Stumpf Blvd. and 837 Oakwood Drive and an attempted burglary at 714 Terry Parkway.

Harris told investigators that Tolliver and Castillo were with him in all of the burglaries.

Detectives are trying to identify a fourth person believed to have been involved in many of the burglaries.

Detectives will try to find the owners of the property recovered during the investigation, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives Kreg Kachtik or Wayne Aguillard at (504) 364-5300 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Suspect arrested in robbery of dollar store

A Chalmette man whose only prior run-in with the law was on a shoplifting charge was booked Tuesday in connection with the recent armed robbery of a dollar store.

Matthew Hendershot, 20, confessed to investigators that he robbed the Dollar General Store in the 3300 block of Paris Road in Chalmette on Feb. 12, St. Bernard Parish Sheriff James Pohlmann said.

Hendershot later showed detectives where he hid a backpack with a BB gun, hooded sweatshirt, mask and hat that he said were used in the robbery.

Deputies also recovered the bicycle they said Hendershot used to flee after the robbery.

The money he allegedly stole was not recovered, Pohlmann said.

Hendershot’s only prior arrest was a year ago for shoplifting. Information about the status of those charges was not available Tuesday.

A magistrate judge will set Hendershot’s bail Wednesday.

Kenner police nab alleged purse snatcher

Kenner police said Tuesday they arrested a serial purse snatcher.

Alice McKibbon, 48, is accused in at least two snatchings or attempted snatchings, said Sgt. Brian McGregor, a Kenner Police Department spokesman.

McKibbon was arrested Monday and booked with purse snatching, attempted purse snatching and possession of stolen things after police found a stolen purse and other pilfered property in her apartment while executing a search warrant. She told police her actions were caused by a heroin addiction, McGregor said.

She is suspected of trying to steal a purse Jan. 26 from a 31-year-old woman at the Winn-Dixie store in the 2100 block of Williams Boulevard.

The would-be victim saw McKibbon try to take her purse but was able to overpower her, taking back the bag. McKibbon ran away at that point.

On Jan. 28, McKibbon was at the Wal-Mart store in the 3500 block of Williams Boulevard and took a 61-year-old woman’s purse from her basket, police allege. The purse was found inside McKibbon’s apartment, McGregor said.

McKibbon was identified as a suspect after a police informant said he saw her taking purses from other victims.

McKibbon remained jailed Tuesday. Bail had not been set.

Police expect to book her on additional charges as the investigation continues, McGregor said.

Anyone with information about other incidents in which McKibbon may have been involved is asked to call detective Jeff Adams at (504) 712-2310 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.