Two teens arrested in store vandalism cases

Deidre Cruse

The Plaquemine Police and the Iberville Sheriff's Office last Thursday charged two 18-year-olds suspected of shooting out the windows of three dozen buildings and several school buses Dec. 28 in the Plaquemine area, inside and outside the city limits, authorities said.

William LeBlanc, 18, of 25318 Clement Street, Plaquemine, and Trevor Landry, 18, of 57500 Augusta Road, Bayou Goula on 36 counts each of criminal damage to property and two counts each of theft of goods, Iberville Parish Jail records showed.

“It was a couple of teenagers riding around with BB guns mischievously shooting out windows,” said Aubrey St. Angelo of the Iberville Sheriff's Office.

Plaquemine Police Capt. Kenneth Payne said the two are suspected of using CO2-powered BB pistols to shoot out windows at 22 businesses in Plaquemine. The Sheriff's Office reported 13 buildings hit, plus the school buses, outside the city.

Payne said some widows broke, while BBs left marks on the glass of others.

We have instructed the businesses to give us an estimate, Payne said. One investigator estimated the damages at between $20,000 and $35,000.

The buildings struck included LeBlanc’s Supermarket, Stage, Tractor Supply Co., Gerace's Auto Parts, Express Pizza, Express Car and Laundry, Sunshine Daycare, the St. John Father's Club, Goodyear Tire, Family Dollar Store and several other stores in the Plaquemine Shopping Center, the Iberville Math, Science and Arts Academy-West, Plaquemine Tire Shop, an old seafood store on La. 1, Sherman Williams, Guidry's Restaurant, Louisiana Appliances, St. John's School, Basin River Electrical, Vintage Couture, Dollar General, Iberville Glass, Citizen's Bank on Belleview Road, City Trends, Iberville Civic Center, Louisiana Supply, City Cleaners, empty store in LeBlanc's shopping center, empty building on Eden Street, Addie's Boutique, Dow Learning Center and the abandoned River West Medical Center, plus several school buses parked there.