- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 28, 2014

GRETNA, La. (AP) - Jefferson Parish authorities have arrested three women accused of torching a diner where they worked and stealing the business’ video poker proceeds.

Nola.com ‘ The Times-Picayune reports (https://bit.ly/1gB9yNl ) Myrtle Brown, 48, of Terrytown, Amy Waguespack, 27, and Chrystal Calvin, 23, both of Harvey, were booked with aggravated arson and theft valued over $1,500. Calvin and Waguespack are free on bond; Brown remained in custody Wednesday with bond set at $30,000.

Deputies and crews from the Terrytown Volunteer Fire Department were dispatched just after 2 a.m. April 25 to Goody’s Cafe after getting reports of a structure fire. No one was injured in the blaze, which caused about $6,000 worth of damage.

Investigators, in an incident report, noted the fire appeared to have been intentionally set. Surveillance footage from the restaurant shows Calvin starting the fire. After denying involvement, police say she eventually confessed and implicated her co-workers.

Calvin told detectives the trio had been angered by a threat from the diner’s owner to fire them and close down the business, arrest reports said. They then allegedly hatched a plan to burn the café and steal $3,800 worth of video poker proceeds. The women equally split the money after the fire, the arrest report said.

Authorities arrested Calvin, Waguespack and Brown on May 22.

Waguespack declined to comment to investigators on advice from her attorney, the arrest report said. Brown denied any involvement in the alleged scheme.

Goody’s Cafe was open for business Wednesday. The three women are no longer employed there.


Information from: The Times-Picayune, https://www.nola.com

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