NOPD searches for burglary, arson suspect

Sunday morning crime sparked fire, heavily damaging Gert Town strip mall

Thomas Perumean
June 12, 2019 - 8:33 am
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Surveillance images show the man suspected of starting a Sunday morning fire that laid waste to a strip mall on the corner of South Carrollton and Olive.  NOPD is searching for the suspect who is facing charges aggrevated business burglary and negligent arson.  

The wanted subject used a stolen black Mazda pickup to smash the front of the MetroPCS store just before 8:30 am Sunday.  He then stole numerous items from the store and fled.  After the crash, the vehicle caught fire and subsequently ignited the building, which housed three businesses.  MetroPCS, Wash-n-Dry Laundromat, and Flavor Street Wear all sustained significant fire, smoke and structural damage.  

NOPD describes the suspect male as having medium length dreadlocks.  He was wearing a white and black long sleeve shirt, dark pants, light-colored beanie with orange or brown fuzzy pom on top, dark-colored flip flop sandals, white socks and a black-colored backpack. 

NOPD is asking anyone with information about the incident, or identity and whereabouts of the suspect, to contact Second District detectives at 504-658-6020 or call Crimestoppers anonymously at 504-822-1111 and toll-free at 1-877-903-7867.
 

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