Deputies stop storage theft

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 18, 2013

LAPLACE – St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies disrupted a burglary
in progress at a
storage unit facility in the 2800 block of U.S. Highway 51 last Thursday.
At 4:50 a.m., deputies found security locks cut and doors opened. Chase Blouin, 31, of LaPlace was located in the facility. Blouin was arrested and booked with an assortment of charges: seven counts of simple criminal damage to property, four counts of simple burglary of an immovable structure, two counts of attempted simple burglary and unauthorized entry of a place of business. He remains in custody in on a $44,000 bond.
According to the official report, Blouin had a history of theft — Blouin has previously been arrested two other times in St. John Parish. Deputies previously made contact with Blouin in November 2012 after receiving a call of a suspicious person near a residence under repair on Ingleside Road in LaPlace. An investigation ensued and a search warrant executed at Blouin’s residence.
Investi-gators recovered a handful of service vehicles: a utility vehicle from Sunshine Equipment of LaPlace, a utility trailer from Kenner and a zero
turn radius mower that was reported stolen from Woodville, Miss. All of the vehicles had been reported stolen before their discovery at Blouin residence.
Investigators also recovered a laptop computer and a GPS navigator that were stolen from the Ingleside Road residence and a small amount of methamphetamine.
Based on the findings of the November 2012 investigation, Blouin was arrested and booked with six counts of simple burglary, six counts of possession of stolen things more than $1,500, two counts of possession of stolen things $500 – $1,500, four counts of possession of stolen things less than $500 and possession of a schedule I CDS.