Suspects arrested in pharmacy burglary attempt

Staff reports

Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley reported the arrests of two Livingston Parish men Oct. 20 after an attempted burglary at Dutchtown Pharmacy.

Wiley said the Sheriff’s Office Uniform Patrol Division was dispatched to the pharmacy in the early morning hours of Oct. 19 when a burglar alarm went off.

According to the sheriff, deputies arrived at the scene in under two minutes, but the burglars had already left the pharmacy.

Video surveillance showed two perpetrators entered the pharmacy by breaking the front door glass, Wiley said, but it currently appears that nothing was stolen during the crime.

The sheriff said a patrol car that was in the pharmacy parking lot not long before the burglary was possibly lured from the site by the report of gunfire at a large fight a few miles away. Deputies responding to the 911 call found an empty parking lot where the fight was supposed to have been  and returned quickly to Dutchtown Pharmacy.

Wiley said authorities suspected the 911 call was made to lure the cruiser from the pharmacy. The Sheriff’s Office E-911 Dispatch Center then supplied investigators with the bogus 911 recording, along with the phone number that the call was made from. 

The Sheriff's Office E-911 Dispatch Center then supplied investigators with the 911 recording and the caller’s phone number. Wiley said investigators later identified the caller as Jory Leblanc, 22, of 25315 Walker South Road, Denham Springs.  

Leblanc was brought in for questioning and subsequently arrested for placing the 911 call and for the burglary of the pharmacy, the sheriff said. Leblanc is charged with filing a false police report (bogus 911 call) and one count of simple burglary of a pharmacy.

James Ward III, 21, of 12701 Hammack Road, Denham Springs, was also arrested and booked on the same charges.

Both men were incarcerated in Ascension Parish Jail at press time with no bond.