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St. Martinville Man Arrested On Burglary and Theft Charges - 9/18/2017 -

PRESS RELEASE

St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office

September 18, 2017

2:55 p.m.

Contact: Major Ginny Higgins

Public Information Officer

(337) 394-3071

St. Martinville Man Arrested On Burglary And Theft Charges

(St. Martinville, LA)-Shortly before 1:00 a.m. on September 17, 2017, Patrol Deputies with the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a residential and vehicle burglary in the 1100 block of Wilfred Champagne Road. While Deputies were investigating the complaint, they observed a white Ford F150 driving in erratic manner in the Wilfred Champagne Road/Laurie Lane area. Following a traffic stop on the vehicle, Deputies learned that the vehicle was reported as stolen out of Iberia Parish. Several items were located inside the vehicle and were determined to have been items that had been previously reported as stolen and the driver of the truck, Harry Smith, 37, St. Martinville, was arrested.


As the investigation continued, they later determined that he was also responsible for another residential and vehicle burglary that occurred in the 1200 block of Wilfred Champagne Road and for the theft of a utility trailer that was stolen from a residence in the 4700 block of Bridge Street Hwy., sometime in the early morning hours of September 16, 2017.

All of the recovered stolen property was returned to the homeowners. Following his arrest, he was booked into the St. Martin Parish Correctional Center on the below charges:

Simple Buglary-2 counts

Simple Burglary Of An Inhabited Dwelling-2 counts

Illegal Possession Of Stolen Things-1 count

Theft (over $1,000.00-Felony)-1 count

Criminal Trespass-1 count

Criminal Damage To Property-1 count

 

The investigation remains ongoing and he is currently facing future additional charges in connection with the theft of a Kubota tractor from a residence in the 4000 block of Bridge Street Hwy., that also occurred during the early morning hours of September 16, 2017. Thank you to the St. Martinville Police Department and the public for their assistance with this investigation.

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