Suspects in juvenile burglary ring arrested

DEIDRE CRUSE, Governmental Reporter

The Iberville Sheriff's Office has arrested five suspects believed to be part of a juvenile burglary ring that hit at least seven North Plaquemine houses, a spokesman for Sheriff Brent Allain reported Wednesday.

“We've had issues in the past, but not a group of juveniles like this,” said Blair Favaron, Allain's chief of detectives.

Favaron said he and other investigators thought juveniles might be involved because the burglaries took place between 3p.m. and 5 p.m., just after school hours. He said information telephoned to the sheriff's office helped identify the suspects.

The juveniles are accused in seven burglaries on Jade Avenue and West Homestead Drive in the Green Acres Subdivision, Favaron said. He said they are suspected in an eighth burglary that took place in September, but have not yet been charged.

The sheriff's office is researching older cases to see, as well, to see if the ring is connected, he said.

Deputies have recovered more than $5,000 worth of computers, digital cameras and other items, but are still looking for other items – especially shotguns, rifles and handguns taken in two of the burglaries, Favaron said.

“It's scary because we've got guns on the street,” he said.

The juveniles, not named because they are underage, were booked on five counts of simple burglary and two counts of aggravated burglary, Favaron said. The aggravated burglary charges apply in cases where the burglars are armed or arm themselves after they enter a home.

They have been released to the custody of their parents because space was not available in the juvenile detention facility in St. James Parish.

“They need to be locked up because they're definitely causing us a problem,” Favaron said.