BPD: Man arrested for theft, escape

Published 10:46 am Friday, September 7, 2018

A Bogalusa man was arrested early Thursday morning for allegedly breaking into a business, and then received additional charges after he tried to escape custody, according to Maj. Percy Knight of the Bogalusa Police Department.

Knight said that Thursday at 4:16 a.m., the BPD received a call about an alarm activation at Rocky’s Med Shoppe on Cumberland Street.

Knight said that responding officers located a truck parked in the rear of the store with a tow strap tied to the rear door. The truck was reportedly used by the suspect to open the rear door and gain access to the building.

Frank Cangelosi II

Officers checked the interior of the building but found no suspect, Knight said, noting that it appeared that the suspect took pills from the pharmacy.

“Investigating officers reviewed the video surveillance footage from the pharmacy,” Knight said. “The video footage revealed a white male suspect wearing blue pants and a blue jacket, removing pill bottles from the shelves. The suspect resembled someone known to officers as Frank Cangelosi II, 31 years old, of Bogalusa.”

Knight said that it was determined that the truck used in the burglary was stolen from AB&E Potty Can Company, which is located next to Rocky’s Med Shoppe.

“Investigating officers went to Cangelosi’s residence and knocked on the door,” Knight said. “Cangelosi came to the door and invited the officers inside. Officers asked Cangelosi if anyone else was inside the residence with him and he stated just his children.

“Cangelosi gave officers verbal consent to check on the children and to look around the residence. In plain view, officers observed a bag on the floor of the kitchen with empty pill bottles, along with blue pants and a blue jacket sitting on the back of a

chair. Officers checked the pill bottles and determined they came from Rocky’s Med Shoppe.”

Officers placed Cangelosi under arrest and obtained a search warrant for the residence.

Knight said that there were two children — a 2-year-old and a 3-year-old — that were sleeping inside the residence. It was determined that the children were left alone in the residence while Cangelosi was committing the burglary, Knight said. The Louisiana Dept. of Child and Family Services was called and officials with the DCFS took possession of the children.

During the execution of the search warrant, officers located a bag with several containers consisting of a large amount of pills in them, Knight said. The pills consisted of Acetaminophen Butalbital and Caffeine, Alprazolam, Clonazepam, Diazepam, Gabapentin and Tramadol Hydrochloride, for a total of 6,338 pills.

When the officers arrived at the Bogalusa City Jail with Cangelosi, he reportedly broke free and attempted to escape. The suspect was captured after a brief chase on Austin Street, Knight said.

Cangelosi was booked on the charges of simple burglary, theft of a motor vehicle, two counts of child desertion, two counts of illegal use of a controlled substance in the presence of a person under 17 years of age, five counts of possession with intent to distribute Schedule IV narcotics, possession of Schedule IV narcotics, five counts of legend drug-sale/possession, simple escape and possession with intent to distribute Schedule III narcotics.

“This was good teamwork by Patrol Shift ‘C’ and the Detective Division of the Bogalusa Police Department,” Knight said.