Teen duo arrested for vandalism at Pelican Point

Staff reports

BURNSIDE?- Two parish teenagers were arrested and charged with vandalisms to homes, vehicles, street signs and the golf course in Pelican Point Subdivison, Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tony Bacala reported.

The destruction to property occurred over several months and includes nearly $1,500 damage to the golf course, Bacala said. The teenagers are accused of striking the course late at night on a weekend, where they damaged the course with tire ruts and destroyed nearly 20 golf course hole markers made of granite.

Matthew Lightfoot, 18, of 40142 Pelican Point Parkway, Gonzales, was suspected in the crimes and questioned in July, but no arrest was made at that time, Bacala said.

The investigation continued and Jesse Tanner, 18, of 8505 New River Road, St. Amant was developed as a suspect, then arrested on Aug. 19 and charged with the golf course damages, Bacala said.

Tanner’s arrest moved the case forward and led to sufficient probable cause for an arrest warrant to be issued for Lightfoot, the chief deputy said.

Lightfoot was arrested Aug. 20 and charged with criminal mischief and felony criminal damage to property. He was released from the parish jail on a $5,161.50 bond set by Judge Guy Holdridge, Bacala said.

Tanner was also charged with criminal mischief and felony criminal damage to property and released on a bond for the same amount as Lightfoot.