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Habitual offender who was released early was arrested on a robbery charge

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Kenner Police say a habitual offender, who was released early from jail by the Department of Corrections due to Act 280 of the Louisiana Justice Reinvestment Act, committed an armed robbery five days after his release.    

Tyrone “Smokey” White, 24, of 415 27th Street, in Kenner was released on parole on November 2, 2017.  White had pleaded guilty in 2014 to 4 counts of simple burglary and received a 12-year sentence. 

On Tuesday, November 7, 2017, police say White robbed two individuals at gunpoint in the 600 block of 27th Street who were scheduled to perform some roofing work at a home there.

 Kenner Police officers say witnesses reported White had been seen in the neighborhood just days prior, pulling on car door handles.  Witnesses also said that the suspect’s name was “Smokey,” with a last name of White.  Tyrone “Smokey” White was known to the Kenner Police Department, they say, because of his large amount of arrests for simple burglary.  

 On Thursday, November 09, 2017, members of the Jefferson District Probation and Parole, located White and detained him.  A search warrant was executed at White’s home which led to the recovery of a black handgun and clothing police say is consistent to what was described by victims and witnesses in this armed robbery investigation.  White was charged with the crimes of armed robbery and attempted armed robbery.  

Police say in Jefferson Parish, alone White has a 40-page criminal history including arrests of illegal carrying of weapons, criminal trespassing, resisting an officer, illegal possession of a stolen hand gun, and 64 counts of simple burglary. 

Police give the following timeline for White's previous convictions: 

  • White first pleaded guilty to multiple counts of simple burglary, received a suspended 3-year-sentence and placed on active probation in 2011. 
  • While on probation, White was arrested on additional burglaries he committed, and subsequently pleaded guilty to 4 separate counts of simple burglary, in which he received a sentence of 6 years hard labor on 10/24/2012.
  • White again, was re-arrested on other simple burglary charges, and pleaded guilty again to 4 additional counts of simple burglary, in which he received a sentence of 12-years hard labor, as of the year 2014. Since White’s 2014 convictions, he remained in custody until 11/2/2017 when he was paroled under the recent Louisiana Justice Reinvestment Reforms.  

Kenner Police Chief Michael J. Glaser urges anyone with information concerning this armed robbery or Tyrone “Smokey” White to call Kenner Police Detective Aaron Savoie at (504) 712-2301, or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111. 

Statement from the Louisiana Department of Corrections:

Unfortunately, after being given another chance at becoming part of society, it seems as though Tyrone White squandered that opportunity. This week, law enforcement in Jefferson Parish responded quickly to the incident involving White, who is in custody and charged with armed robbery. Probation and Parole was immediately notified of the incident and his subsequent arrest. That means the system is working. 

At the time of his release on November 2, 2017, White was serving time for simple battery, which is not listed as a violent crime under Louisiana law. He was incarcerated approximately four years. Prior to his early release, he met with a transition specialist and received 100 hours of re-entry programming. 

Some parolees will re-offend, but the reforms are working and we cannot let anecdote trump proven data to prevent us from adopting evidence-based strategies that have increased public safety in many of our neighboring states, and it will work in Louisiana as well.

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