Slidell, Louisiana—The Slidell Police Department has arrested Johnny Ellis (DOB: 10-31-70) who is the person responsible for a recent rash of business burglaries in the Olde Town area of Slidell.
Starting this past Saturday, September 10, the Slidell Police Department started receiving several reports of business burglaries; all occurring within a one mile radius of each other. The first business was Crème de le Crème (2104 First Street), which is a local restaurant located in Olde Town Slidell. The business owners discovered someone had broken into the business by throwing a brick through a window. The person responsible, police discovered, was Johnny Ellis; a transient who was on a drug binge. Once inside the business, Ellis stole two cash registers.
Ellis did not stop there. He then burglarized New Orleans Pool and Patio, located at 438 Robert Street; approximately two blocks away. Ellis once again threw a brick through a window and made entry into the business. This time, Ellis was able to find an undetermined amount of cash.
For the next several days, Ellis burglarized four more businesses in the area. One of the businesses, Kutting Quarters (251 Erlanger), was burglarized twice. Both times, Ellis was unable to obtain anything of value from the business. The other two businesses that were burglarized were Maritime Systems (332 Bayou Liberty) and American Pawn (1566 Front Street). At Maritime Systems, Ellis was able to once again obtain an undetermined amount of cash.
On Tuesday evening, several detectives conducted an undercover operation in the Olde Town area in an attempt to find the person responsible for the burglaries. One detective actually rode around, in an undercover fashion, on a bicycle. The operation paid off for Slidell Police detectives. While conducting the operation, detectives keyed in on Johnny Ellis due to his suspicious behavior. After watching Ellis for several hours, detectives decided to approach Ellis in order to question him about the burglaries. Due to physical evidence that was recovered at several of the crime scenes, detectives were able to link Ellis to the recent rash burglaries. Ellis ultimately confessed to the burglaries, and stated that he was on a drug binge; which was why he broke into the businesses so he could support his drug habit.
Additionally, detectives discovered that Ellis was also responsible for a business burglary which occurred on January 17, at the Valero Gas Station located at 430 Pontchartrain Drive. Once again, physical evidence collected by the Slidell Police Crime Scene Unit was the key to solving the case.
In all, Ellis was charged with five counts of Burglary of a Business and two counts of Attempted Burglary of a Business. Ellis is currently being held at the Slidell City Jail where he will eventually be transferred to the St. Tammany Parish Jail where a bond will be set.