NOPD officers have arrested John Paddio (DOB: 11/29/1976), after his alleged involvement in two theft by shoplifting incidents and two simple burglary incidents that occurred in the Fourth District.
The first incident occurred on October 12, 2018, in the 3000 block of General DeGaulle Drive. The reporting person told police that the subject entered the business, removed items from the shelf and fled the scene, without purchasing the merchandise. The second shoplifting incident occurred on October 18, 2018, in the 4800 block of General Meyer Avenue. The subject reportedly entered the business and began placing several items into his bag. The store employee confronted the subject, at which time the subject allegedly produced a knife and continued taking the items. The subject then fled the scene, heading toward the intersection of Kabel Drive and Herschel Street.
On October 19, 2018, officers learned that two black male subjects burglarized a business, located in the 3600 block of MacArthur Boulevard. The reporting person told police that she reviewed surveillance video from the business and observed two black male subjects break into the store and remove several items, before fleeing the scene. On October 20, 2018, at or around 4:30 a.m., officers were dispatched to another business burglary, which occurred in the 2900 block of General DeGaulle Drive. The reporting person told police that he received a call from the alarm company advising him that the store was being burglarized. Upon arrival, the reporting person observed an unknown black male subject exit the front door, then flee down General Degaulle Drive, toward Garden Oaks Drive.
During the course of the investigation, officers reviewed surveillance video from the aforementioned incidents and positively identified Paddio as the perpetrator who committed the thefts and burglaries. Fourth District officers arrested the subject on October 21, 2018. Paddio was transported to the Orleans Parish Justice Center, where he was booked accordingly.
Anyone with any additional information regarding these incidents should contact Fourth District detectives at 504-658-6040.