American Legion Embezzlement

R. Baldini

Ponchatoula Police Chief Bry Layrisson reports the arrest of a Ponchatoula man for theft of funds from the American Legion Post #47. Randall C Baldini (w/m, age 62, West McClellan St, Ponchatoula) was arrested on November 08 for Felony-Theft by the Ponchatoula Police Department.

Chief Layrisson informs that the police department was alerted of the theft of funds by American Legion Post #47 members. The members met with detectives and advised them of a theft of approximately $70,000 in funds. The members informed detectives that they had spoken to Mr Baldini, who was also a member of Post #47, and Baldini admitted to the theft. Baldini waived his Miranda rights and agreed to speak with detectives. During the interview, Baldini admitted to cashing Certificates of Deposit and embezzling other funds intended for the American Legion. Baldini stated the theft started around 1999 and continuing until the discovery.

Baldini was arrested on the charge of Felony-Theft and transported to parish jail in Amite.

Ponchatoula Burglar Caught in the Act

Ponchatoula Burglar Caught in the Act -

Ponchatoula Police Chief Bry Layrisson reports the arrest of Gilbert Starkey Jr (w/m, age 28, North 15th St, Ponchatoula) for Simple Burglary and 12 counts of Failure to Appear. The arrest stems from an incident in the early morning hours of November 04 on North 7th St in Ponchatoula.

Chief Layrisson advises that his department received a complaint just after midnight on November 04, concerning suspicious activity at a house in the 400 block on North 7th Street. A neighbor called and stated that she heard noises coming from a neighboring house, which is being remodeled. The neighbor advised that when she looked out the window she could see a white male, wearing dark clothing loading a ladder into a pick-up truck. Due to the suspicious activity, she contacted the police department.

Officers arrived on scene, cleared the residence and began speaking with the neighbor. As officers were speaking with the neighbor, a white male matching the description of the suspect came from around the residence. The white male identified himself as Gilbert Starkey Jr and stated that the truck belonged to him. Starkey was immediately detained and advised of his rights. Starkey informed officers that he was at the residence installing floors.

The owner of the residence and the owner of the construction company was notified and arrived on scene. Both owners stated that they did not know Starkey, and he had no right being on the property. They were also able to identify some of the items in the truck as belonging to them. The stolen items were returned to the rightful owner, and Starkey’s vehicle was towed from the scene.

Starkey was arrested and transported to the Ponchatoula Police station for booking. After the booking was completed, Starkey was transported to parish jail in Amite.

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