Three suspects arrested in N. Plaq. house burglary

Deidre Cruse

The Plaquemine Police have arrested three suspects in the aggravated burglary of a North Plaquemine residence and have recovered more than 95 percent of the stolen items, Capt. Kenneth Payne said Monday.

He said police expect to make at least one more arrest in the burglary, which occurred last Tuesday night.

Burglars forced the front door of the unoccupied home open and stole two family heirloom shotguns and jewelry valued at more than $25,000, Payne said.

He said the city police posted the list of stolen items on a system that alerts area pawn shops, and also notified the East and West Baton Rouge parish sheriff's offices. The arrests came after a Baton Rouge pawnshop notified authorities that someone was trying to sell some of the jewelry, the captain said.

Amanda Culmone, 28, of 5528 Elm Grove Road, Port Allen was arrested Saturday on charges of aggravated burglary, illegal possession of stolen things, simple criminal damage to property and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, Payne said.

On Sunday, he said, police arrested George Tyrone Pierce, 20, of 1307 Oregon Avenue, Port Allen, on charges of aggravated burglary, simple criminal damage to property and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Also arrested was juvenile, charged as a principal to aggravated burglary and illegal possession of stolen things, Payne said.

Those arrested were charged in an aggravated burglary because firearms were involved. The criminal damage charge stemmed from damage to the front door of the residence.