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Fourteen Teenagers Arrested For Recent Burglaries and Vandalisms - Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Sheriff Mike Waguespack reports the arrest of 14 Assumption Parish teenagers in connection with the investigations into burglaries and vandalisms in the Labadieville, Paincourtville, and Pierre Part areas.


On Wednesday, April 8, 2009, the Sheriff's Office responded to the complaint of a burglary in the 100 block of Hwy 403 in Paincourtville. The complaint reported that someone had broken into a storage building on the property and stolen several DVD movies, a coin collection, and several dollars in change in currency, totaling approximately $4,754.00.

The subsequent investigation into the incident led to the arrest of two Paincourtville boys ages 15 and 16. Both boys were charged with Simple Burglary and were released to their parents.


On Wednesday April 29th, Deputies were called to an area off of Hwy 1003 concerning the vandalism to property belonging to Dale Theriot. Theriot reported that someone entered his property on Tuesday afternoon and used an excavator to destroy a horse trailer, tractor, automobile and a section of fencing. The property damage is estimated at several thousand dollars.

The investigation into this matter led to the identification of four teenagers from the Klotzville area. Two of the boys, ages 15 and 16, were charged with Criminal Trespassing and Simple Criminal Damage to Property over $500 and were released to their parents.

Arrest warrants have been issued for the other two boys Alton Herbert, age 17, of 151 Hwy 1003 and Donald Herbert, age 18, of 165 Hwy 1003 for the aforementioned charges.

An additional teenager remains a suspect and may be charged in the near future.


On Sunday, May 10, 2009, the Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a residential burglary in the 300 block of Maple Street in Labadieville. The complainant reported that someone had entered his residence while he was away and took several items including a 12ga shotgun, a 45cal Taurus pistol, Toshiba laptop computer and an Apple I Pod.

The investigation into this matter led to the arrest of four neighborhood teens ages 13, 15, 16 and 17.

The thirteen year old was charged with Illegal Possession of Stolen Things over $500.

The fifteen year old was charged with one count of Simple Burglary of an Inhabited Dwelling and was released to his parents.

The sixteen year old was charged with one count of Simple Burglary of an Inhabited Dwelling and was placed in the juvenile facility in St. James Parish.

The seventeen year old, Davian Smith of 109 Fir Street in Labadieville was arrested and charged with one count of Simple Burglary of an Inhabited Dwelling. Bond will be set by District Court.

Detectives subsequently recovered the laptop computer from the 13 year-old's residence and the 12ga shotgun from a drainage ditch behind Kingston Subdivision in Labadieville.


On Sunday, May 17, 2009, the Sheriff's Office began receiving calls from camp owners in Bayou Grosbec in Pierre Part concerning vandalism to their camps. The vandalism consisted of damages to the interior and exterior of the structures included the breaking of windows and doors and the theft and destruction of personal property belonging to the owners.

The subsequent investigation by the Criminal Investigation Division led to the identification of two girls, ages 14 and 15, and two boys, ages 14 and 15, from Pierre Part.

On May 26-27, the four suspects were arrested and charged with 3 counts of Simple Burglary and 3 counts of Simple Criminal Damage to Property over $500.00.

Since the arrests, the Sheriff's Office has received additional complaints of vandalisms from camp owners in the Bayou Godel and Bay Natchez areas. The latest complaints are presently under investigation. Arrests are expected.

Anyone with information concerning the above incidents can contact the Sheriff's Office at 985-369-2912 or the Criminal Investigation Division at 985-526-1627.


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