St. Amant and Acy burglars arrested

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Ascension Parish Chief Deputy Tony Bacala reports that arrest have been made after a two month investigation into vehicles and four-wheelers that were stolen in addition to a number of vehicles that were broken into in the St. Amant and Acy area.

The investigation revealed items such as electronics and money were stolen from the vehicles that were broken into in the late night hours. Other vehicles were stolen along with four-wheelers in the overnight hours. The vehicles were later found submerged in a local canal near victim's homes.

Bacala indicated that, "the common denominator found in this investigation, as in most investigations of this nature, is that the vehicles that were broken into were left unlocked." The keys were left in the vehicles and at least one of the four-wheelers that were stolen.

During the course of the investigation it was discovered that a homeowner had video surveillance that recorded two suspects who appeared to be juveniles, but could not be positively identified. As a result of an intense investigation, detectives developed two juvenile suspects that live in the St. Amant area.

By Dec. 7, detectives arrested the two 16-year-old suspects for the St. Amant and Acy area crime spree. The two juveniles were incarcerated in the St. James Juvenile Detention Center and were charged with nine counts of simple burglary, five counts of felony theft, and six counts of felony damage to property. The charges are expected to grow pending further investigation. Detectives are also looking into a possible third suspect.

Detectives also learned that the two incarcerated juveniles have committed criminal offenses in the past. In the earlier part of 2012 one of the juveniles was arrested for similar charges that led to his arrest and incarceration in the detention center. The juvenile was recently released from the detention center and placed on home incarceration, but had been released from home incarceration just days prior to the start of the burglaries and thefts in the St. Amant and Acy area.

Both juveniles were also previously arrested earlier this year for aggravated damage to property where they threw a rock at a passing motorist in St. Amant causing the vehicle to crash and the driver suffered severe injuries, but have since recovered from the injuries.

Once again, Chief Deputy Bacala would like to remind the public to make sure that valuables are not left in your vehicle, and that you always lock your vehicle.

"The criminals who commit these types of crimes usually do so during the late night hours in communities where the victim's feel secured with their surroundings and leaving their vehicles unsecured," he added.