Two Plaquemine men charged in business burglaries

DEIDRE CRUSE, Governmental Reporter

Two local men charged last week in the burglaries of five Plaquemine businesses remained in jail Monday in lieu of a $125,000 bond, Plaquemine Police Capt. Kenneth Payne reported.

Additionally, the police are offering a reward for information on the burglary of a C & C Convenience Store on La. 1 South at 2 a.m. Friday, Payne said. He said a large number of tobacco product, including cigars and cigarettes, were stolen from the store.

Thomas Joseph, 26, and Joseph Clinton Myles, 57, both of 58107 Desobry Street, Plaquemine have been charged with simple burglary in connection with break-ins at the A&W Car Wash on October 29, at Pelican Mini Storage on Cross Street on November 1, at State Farm Insurance on Eden Street on January 10, at All State Insurance on Belleview Road on January 23, and at Wilbert's Insurance on Chinn Street on January 19 and February 6, Payne said.

The two were charged additionally with criminal damage to a coin-operated device at the car wash, the captain said.

In the insurance office break-ins, the burglars shattered glass or kicked in the front doors of the businesses, Payne said.

Police also have arrested a juvenile in connection with the burglaries of several vehicles that occurred during near Labauve Avenue during the Acadian Festival.

The juvenile was charged with illegal possession of stolen property after police found property from the vehicles in his possession, Payne alleged. He said some of the property, including digital cameras and GPS equipment, was recovered and returned to the owners.

The captain alleged that the same juvenile was responsible for the burglary of an automobile on Allen Street, and that another camera and GPS stolen from the car was returned to the owner.

Cop shop 11/19

drug cases

LEAD search warrants

lead to three arrests

The Law Enforcement Against Drugs (LEAD) Task Force's searches of homes in St. Gabriel, Maringouin and Plaquemine led to the seizure of more than $3,000 worth of drugs and the arrest of three men, Capt. Aubrey St. Angelo reported Monday.

LEAD agents arrested Darian Osborne, 25, after a search of his residence at 1530 Besson Lane, St. Gabriel, turned up 16.1 grams of crack cocaine valued at $1,600 and 30 tablets of the amphetamine Adderall, said St. Angelo, who heads the task force. He said Osborne was charged with possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and possession with intent to distribute a Schedule I narcotic.

LEAD arrested Anthony Marshall, 27, of 77110 Jackson Street, Maringouin, on charges of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, resisting an officer and possession of drug paraphernalia, St. Angelo said.

He alleged that the search of Marshall's residence turned up 8.8 grams of crack valued at $900 and 5.4 grams of marijuana, as well as scales and other drug paraphernalia.

A search of the residence of David Jones, 29, of 59125 Belleview Road, Apartment 206, Plaquemine, turned up 448 grams of marijuana valued at around $500, St. Angelo alleged. He said agents arrested Jones on a charge of possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

In action last week, drug agents investigating complaints of narcotics distribution in the Canal Street area of Plaquemine arrested Richard Robertson, 17, of 57739 Truehope Lane, Plaquemine, on charges of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and possession with intent to distribute a Schedule II narcotic, the LEAD commander said.

He alleged that Robertson was found with a gram of crack cocaine and four Loritab tablets.