Break-in at Emily C. Watkins, lizard mutilated

Published 11:13 am Friday, August 28, 2015

LAPLACE — Video surveillance from Emily C. Watkins Elementary School captured two males who police believe maimed a school pet and stole candy.

St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded at 9:53 a.m. Wednesday to Emily C. Watkins Elementary School in LaPlace following a burglary report.

The initial investigation revealed perpetrators entered the school through an unsecured door. Administrators reported the perpetrators stole a bag of candy and “cut off the tail of a lizard that was in an aquarium,” Sheriff Mike Tregre said.

Recorded video surveillance at the school captured two subjects on school grounds. Detectives are seeking the public’s assistance to identify the two persons of interest wanted for questioning.

Video surveillance can be seen at the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.

Anyone with information regarding the burglary or anyone who can identify the subjects in the video are encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office TIPS line at 985-359-TIPS or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.

Those who call Crimestoppers do not have to testify and may qualify for a cash reward. Tips can be submitted at