Police: LaPlace business burglary thwarted

Published 12:08 am Wednesday, May 15, 2019

LAPLACE — A local man sitting on a work truck at 1:30 a.m. with a drill and drill bits proved out-of-place, police said, leading to burglary and drug charges.

St. John Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the 3300 block of U.S. 51 in LaPlace following a suspicious person alert.

There they encountered Rupert F. Morgan holding a drill in one hand and boxes of drill bits in the other hand.

Police said they questioned Morgan, who told officers he works for the company and was getting a drill for a job the next day. When officers asked the name of the company, it was reported Morgan provided a false name.

Officers made contact with a representative of the business, and that person reported he did not know Morgan and had never seen him before.

Authorities said Morgan was also in possession of a mountain bike, a “backpack concealing what appeared to be burglary tools” and “an eyeglass case containing drug paraphernalia and syringes.”

Morgan, 40, of LaPlace was booked early May 8 with possession of tools for a crime (misdemeanor); simple burglary – motor vehicle and possession or distribution of drug paraphernalia 1st offense (misdemeanor).

Jail records show he posted a $21,500 bond and was released the next day.