Four arrested in JP cell phone thefts

Tiffini Woodward, Justin Robinette, Nicholas Mathieu and Ryan Hayden (JPSO)
Tiffini Woodward, Justin Robinette, Nicholas Mathieu and Ryan Hayden (JPSO)

Jefferson Parish, La.- Police have arrested four people in connection to several cell phone thefts in throughout Jefferson Parish.

Nicholas Mathieu, 26, Justin Robinette, 20, Ryan Hayden, 20 and Tiffini Woodward, 18, were arrested following an investigation into the theft of cell phones that occurred at the T-Mobile store located 1130 S. Clearview Parkway on September 10.

In this incident, investigators say a black male and a white male entered the business, cut the security cables on several high-end cell phones that were on display and fled with the phones.

Detectives were able to identify one of the suspects as Mathieu after reviewing the video surveillance from the store.

Through the investigation, detectives also discovered additional thefts that occurred in other cellular phone stores in Jefferson Parish and that a white female also participated in these thefts.

On September 24, detectives learned that Mathieu and a second male subject committed a theft of cell phones from the Bobby April Wireless Store, located at 1700 Veterans Blvd. in Metairie on that same date.  A suspect vehicle license plate captured by the victim in this incident led investigators to Mathieu and Robinette.   The investigation also led detectives to another address where Hayden and Woodward were taken into custody.

Interviews with all four arrestees resulted in each of them admitting participation in the thefts, which they were subsequently booked on.

The suspects told police they stole cell phones from Bobby April Wireless, T-Mobile and an AT&T store in Metairie, a T-Mobile in Harahan, as well as three T-Mobile stores in Harvey, and an AT&T store in Kenner.

There are currently efforts underway to recover the stolen phones from these businesses.

Mathieu admitted to investigators that he, Robinette, Hayden and Woodward were all heroin addicts and have been stealing cell phones for the past eight months to support their habits.

All four suspects were booked in to the JPCC on theft charges, with the anticipation of re-booking several of them with additional charges.