CHALMETTE, La. Two New Orleans men were arrested and booked with armed robbery after police said they went into a Family Dollar store near closing time, robbed the store and terrorized employees with what turned out to be a fake gun and a kitchen knife.
Ronnie Morgan, 35 and Demar Jackson, 23, lived together on St. Roch Avenue in New Orleans and were also suspects in other recent crimes. Morgan reportedly had just been released from a halfway house after spending 11 years in prison.
Deputies were able to track down the alleged getaway car, finding it on Paris Road on Thursday night with Morgan, two women and a child inside.
A spokesman said that a search of the getaway car turned up money believed stolen from Family Dollar. A search of the suspects' home turned up a fake handgun, a knife, two masks, a set of gloves and some duct tape. More money was found in the home.
A rifle was located under the house. Another set of gloves believed used by the robbers were found near the store.
'Detectives described it as a robbery kit,'' Sheriff Pohlmann said of the items found in the plastic bag..
'It was great police work all around,'' Sheriff Pohlmann said of the investigation that led to the arrests in less than a day, including extensive help from New Orleans police involved in the case.
Morgan and Jackson, who is on parole from a robbery conviction in Jefferson Parish and was arrested in New Orleans, are both booked with armed robbery of the store. They are being held in St. Bernard Parish Prison.