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3 arrested; stolen LaPlace motorcycle returned

LAPLACE — A curious case of a stolen and returned motorcycle continued this week with three River Region men arrested and one confession, police said.

Chad Exell

Home surveillance video proved to be a major factor in the arrests, as the thieves seemingly had no idea their actions in the 1100 block of North Sugar Ridge Drive in LaPlace were being recorded.

Torrey Michael Burnett

According to the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office, surveillance between 2:30 and 3:30 a.m. Oct. 24 shows a truck parked in the middle of the street before the theft and two males — identified by police as Torrey Michael Burnett and Ronald J. Duncan — walking to the victim’s driveway. The 2017 Suzuki motorcycle was parked in the driveway.

Ronald J. Duncan

Video shows the thieves loading the motorcycle onto a utility trailer connected to the truck and Duncan later entering as a passenger before leaving, police said, adding Burnett fled the scene on foot. Through investigation, police said, Chad Exell was identified as the driver.

“The motorcycle was returned to the victim prior to detectives making contact with the suspects,” a Sheriff’s Office release said. “How it was returned is still under investigation.”

Authorities said investigation and surveillance review led to warrants for Burnett, Duncan and Exell. Burnett, 40, and Duncan, 40, were arrested Tuesday and charged with felony theft of a motor vehicle. Exell, 27, was arrested Wednesday and booked with felony principal to theft of a motor vehicle.

“Burnett, who confessed to his involvement in the incident, was released Wednesday on a $10,000 bond,” the Sheriff’s Office said. “Duncan and Exell also were released Wednesday, each on a $10,000 bond.”