Five arrested for Prairieville area burglaries

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
Andrew McMullen

Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office Chief Tony Bacala reports the arrests of five Ascension Parish residents on numerous burglary charges.

In early July the Sheriff’s Office received nearly thirty (30) complaints where unlocked vehicles were targeted with items ranging from loose change, sun glasses, hunting bow to handguns being stolen. The incidents occurred in the Prairieville area of Red Oak Drive, White Oak Drive, Highway 427, Perkins Oaks, and Dutchtown Villa.

Detectives began an investigation into the vehicle burglaries and developed Andrew McMullen, Brandon Lea, Brendan Gonzales, Trent Madere, and a 15-year-old juvenile as suspects.

During the course of the investigation detectives learned that one of the stolen handguns and bow was at Andrew McMullen’s home at which time detectives searched the home to no avail. Following the search, detectives were told that Brandon Lea had taken the items from McMullen’s home. Lea was taken into custody when detective’s located him with the stolen handgun and the compound bow.

The investigation also revealed that Trent Madere had taken the 15-year-old juvenile with him when they committed three of the vehicle burglaries. As the burglary investigation continued to unfold Brendan Gonzales was found to be in possession of a small quantity of marijuana.

 The five suspects face an array of charges in connection to the vehicle burglaries.

Andrew McMullen, 17, of 37040 Agnes Webb Drive, Prairieville, was arrested and charged with six counts simple burglary of a vehicle, three counts attempted simple burglary of a vehicle, two counts theft of a firearm, two counts criminal trespassing, two counts of felony theft, two counts of misdemeanor theft. His bond was set at $70,589.

Brandon Lea, 20, of 37099 Timothy Drive, Prairieville, was arrested and charged with theft of a firearm, possession of a stolen firearm, and obstruction of justice. His bond was set at $5,000.

Brendan Gonzales, 17, of 18341 Bluffview Drive, Prairieville, was arrested and charged with two counts simple burglary of a vehicle, two counts criminal trespassing, two counts misdemeanor theft, possession of schedule I, and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond has been set at $40,933.50 and was released on July 24.

Trent Madere, 19, of 12343 Oak Brook Drive, Geismar, was arrested and charged with eleven counts simple burglary of a vehicle, three counts attempted simple burglary of a vehicle, five counts criminal trespassing, and three counts contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. His bond was set at $125,294.50.

All were booked into the Ascension Parish Jail on July 23. All bonds were set by Judge Turner.

The 15-year-old juvenile, from Prairieville, was booked with three counts simple burglary of a vehicle and released into the custody of his parents.