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BRPD: Second arrest made in refrigeration store case

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 2:00pm

Two Baton Rouge men have been arrested after they allegedly stole from a local business.

The Baton Rouge Police Department reports that Acme Refrigeration called police after the business had been burglarized twice. Investigators launched a surveillance operation with the hopes of catching the suspect in the act.

“They located one suspect picking up parts that were hidden behind some surrounding businesses,” Cpl. Don Coppola, BRPD, explained. “It was obvious that they were intentionally placed at those locations because they could not have randomly been found.”

The hidden objects were coils taken from air conditioning units located inside Acme Refrigeration.

“The air conditioning units were valued around $65,000,” Cpl. Coppola said. “Without those coils, they were useless.”

When the officer approached the suspect, he allegedly took off in a truck and tried to flee the area.

“Uniformed patrol as well as K-9 units assisted in apprehending him,” Cpl. Coppola said. “When they captured him, they searched the truck and found additional parts from the damaged air conditioning units.”

John Ray Jackson, 47, was arrested on October 10 and charged with Simple Burglary (2 counts) and Aggravated Flight from an Officer. He was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison and his bond was set at $30,000.

A second man, Wayne Watson, 49, was arrested on October 14 by the Port Arthur Texas Police Department, on an active warrant issued by Baton Rouge Police for his connection in the burglary of Acme Refrigeration. Once Watson is extradited, he will be booked into EBR for two counts of Simple Burglary and Unauthorized Entry of a Place of Business. 

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