Response to shoplifting results in illegal narcotics arrests of two Louisiana men

On April 21, at approximately 3:30pm, a Picayune Police officer was dispatched to a local store in reference to shoplifting. Picayune Assistant Police Chief Jeremy Magri said that while driving to the store, the officer was advised that the suspect may be leaving the store headed to the parking lot.

When the officer arrived, he observed a male subject, later identified as Stephen Anthony Baudoin, age 33, of 7427 Barataria Blvd, Marrero, LA, walking toward a motorcycle. The officer pulled in front of the motorcycle to block it, made contact with Baudoin, and had him place his hands on the hood of the patrol car in order to conduct an officer safety pat-down.

Stephen Anthony Baudoin Adam Joseph Kellum

During the pat-down, it was observed that Baudoin had several items concealed on his person that he had stolen from the store. At this time, the officer spoke with the loss prevention officer of the store and was made aware that there was a second subject who had already been in the parking lot, according to Magri.

A second officer arrived on the scene, and with a description provided by the loss prevention officer, he was able to locate the second subject who told the officer his name was David Kellum. It was learned that Kellum gave the officer a false name. Kellum was actually, Adam Joseph Kellum, age 30, of 4035, St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA. Kellum was in possession of a motorcycle helmet that he had stolen from the store.

At this time, the officers conducted an inventory of the motorcycle and located a sock under the driver’s seat that contained a plastic baggie containing six bags of a white crystal like substance believed to crystal methamphetamine, one plastic bag containing a green leafy substance containing a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana, three pieces of aluminum foil which contained a brown powdery substance believed to be heroin, one glass pipe wrapped in plastic and tissue paper, a pack of rolling papers, and two cigars.

Magri said that both Baudoin and Kellum were arrested for two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Marijuana in a Motor Vehicle, Possession of Paraphernalia, and Shoplifting. Kellum was also arrested for False Identifying Information. They were transported to the Criminal Justice Center, booked, and incarcerated.

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