LaPlace man arrested for SONIC Drive-in burglary

Published 12:15 pm Tuesday, January 26, 2016

LAPLACE — A LaPlace man is facing charges he made an illegal withdrawal from SONIC Drive-in.

Christopher Becknel

Christopher Becknel

Christopher Becknel, 26, of LaPlace was arrested at approximately 1:30 a.m. Sunday at his home for simple criminal damage to property, simple burglary and unauthorized entry of a place of business.

St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to SONIC, 100 Ormond Blvd. in LaPlace, at 5:13 a.m. Saturday after a deliveryman told deputies he heard the audible alarm and found the rear door ajar.

When he noticed a front glass door shattered, he called 911 to report a burglary, authorities said.

Sheriff Mike Tregre said the store manager reported missing a small lock box that contained cash used for change during daily operations.

“Over the course of the investigation and with recorded video surveillance from the store, detectives identified the lone burglar as Christopher Becknel,” Tregre said.

Becknel remains in custody in lieu of a $46,000 bond.