Destrehan man sentenced for armed robbery of Birdie’s

Social media, local citizens helped to identify him before arrest

A Destrehan man will serve five years in prison after pleading guilty to a count of first degree robbery, stemming from the armed robbery of a Destrehan business in January of last year.

Nicholas Licciardi, 24 and of 200 Longview Drive in Destrehan, was sentenced to serve five years in prison without the benefit of parole, probation of suspension of sentence after his apparent armed robbery of Birdie’s Food and Fuel at 1900 Ormond Blvd on the morning of Jan. 11, 2017.

According to court documents, witnesses told police Licciardi entered the store wearing a mask that covered all of his face besides his eyes and eyebrows and wearing dark clothing. He pointed a gun at the cashier on duty and demanded all of the money in the register, a request which the cashier complied with.

Licciardi left with a bag of money, but following the incident, photos were posted on social media that police said ultimately helped identify the suspect. The same day of the incident, the Sheriff’s Office received numerous calls from others wanting to provide information about the crime as well.

Detectives searched a residence Licciardi was staying at for a time and were able to find items of clothing he apparently wore during the robbery.

He was arrested as police thwarted an apparent plan to flee to Tennessee to avoid arrest. The St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office contacted Mississippi Highway Patrol to inform of his flight, and he was arrested following a felony traffic stop near Hattiesburg, Miss. and was extradited to Nelson Coleman Correctional Center.

The court recommended Licciardi undergo a substance use treatment screening, mental health evaluation, intensive incarceration and an immediate screening for eligibility for the transitional work program.

He is serving his sentence at Nelson Coleman Correctional Center.

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