2 arrested for St. John Parish burglaries

Published 12:08 am Saturday, July 22, 2017

LAPLACE — Two local residents, one 16 years old, were arrested in separate incidents Monday on burglary-related charges.

According to the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office, a 66-year-old victim told officers a male subject, identified as Larry Baker, was standing on a platform with what appeared to be a tire iron in his hand in an attempt to gain access to his home in the 1100 block of West Airline Highway in LaPlace.

Larry Baker

Once confronted at approximately 11:30 a.m. the assailant fled on foot towards U.S. 51.

During the investigation, deputies said they observed damage to the door, frame and locking mechanisms and received a description of Baker, 58 of LaPlace.

Officers located and arrested Baker in the 100 block of West Airline Highway, booking him with attempted simple burglary and simple criminal damage to property – under $500 misdemeanor.

He was jailed in lieu of a $21,000 bond.

In a separate incident, a 16-year-old male from LaPlace was arrested Monday following a case that originated July 12.

Deputies responded to the 1100 block of Bellevue Drive in LaPlace at 12:30 p.m. July 12, where a 45-year-old victim told officers an alert by cell phone from a video surveillance camera indicated an intruder inside his residence.

Recorded video surveillance from the residence aided officers in identifying the juvenile who gained access through a locked rear glass sliding door and exited the home through the front door.

During the initial investigation, officers learned nothing of value was missing from the residence. A judicial warrant was obtained, and the juvenile was arrested Monday for felony simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling.

He was released Monday to his grandmother, police said.

Sheriff Mike Tregre said residents should lock all doors and windows as well as the doors of their vehicles.

“Most vehicle burglaries and many home burglaries are due to unlocked doors,” he said.