Police: Boy, 5, used in LaPlace home B&E

Published 10:55 am Tuesday, July 14, 2015

LAPLACE — A LaPlace man was arrested Monday after he allegedly used his 5-year-old child as a pawn to break into his mother’s home.

Anthony Wilson

Anthony Wilson

St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a residence at 2:49 p.m. Monday in the 500 block of Criswell Court in LaPlace after a silent burglar alarm was tripped.

Casey Ramsey

Casey Ramsey

Sheriff Mike Tregre said, via a release, responding deputies checked the residence and noted all accessible doors and windows were secured.

A locked gate prevented deputies from checking the rear of the fenced-in residence, but they did see the back door was closed, Tregre said.

Later that day when the homeowner arrived, she called the Sheriff’s Office and reported she found a window air conditioning unit damaged.

“The reporting deputy saw one of the accordion spacers on the side of the air conditioner was pushed in,” Tregre said.

“The opening was too small for an adult to fit through, but it was big enough for a small child to fit through.”

Tregre said “the homeowner suspected her son might have been the perpetrator, who may have had his 5-year-old son go through the opening.”

The description of the man, young child and car given to authorities by a witness matched that of the victim’s son, and Tregre said during the investigation the son confessed to the burglary.

“The investigation further revealed to investigators that the boy was sent through the opening to unlock the door, and when the door was opened, the burglar alarm was activated,” Tregre said. “The son, with the boy, fled the residence to the car and his wife drove the car.”

The man was identified as Anthony Wilson, 30, and his wife as Casey Ramsey, 27, both of Madeline Court in LaPlace.

Deputies arrested Wilson Monday and booked him with simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling, simple criminal damage to property and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.

As of press time Tuesday, he remained incarcerated and his bond had not been set.

Deputies arrested Ramsey Monday and booked her with principal to simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling, principal to simple criminal damage to property and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.

As of press time Tuesday, she remained incarcerated and her bond had not been set.

Tregre said the grandmother took temporary custody of the child.