Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre reported the arrest of a Galliano man after deputies discovered him in possession of over $4,000 of merchandise allegedly stolen from vehicle burglaries. Sean Martin (W/M, D.O.B. 03/24/91) of 148 West 163rd Street has been linked to three burglaries, and deputies believe additional charges will be forthcoming.
At around 2:30 a.m., patrol deputies were traveling on LA Highway 1 in Cut Off when they noticed a man riding a bicycle without proper equipment. The male subject, who was later identified as Sean Martin, also appeared to increase his speed as he pedaled away from the patrol unit. Deputies then pulled up to and made contact with the subject who initially gave deputies a false name. After being unable to find any records on the subject, deputies again asked the subject about his identity, and the subject gave a new name which also later turned out to be false. The subject had a backpack in his possession and voluntarily consented to a search of the bag. Upon searching the backpack, deputies discovered a number of various items including assorted electronic equipment, sunglasses, loose change, and other items. When asked about the contents of the bag, the subject changed his story several times. Deputies took Martin into custody and transported him to the South Lafourche Sub-Station. Upon arrival, deputies began looking at the items, including a digital camera. Upon looking at the photos stored in the camera, deputies discovered a name on one of the photos and looked up the name on Facebook. In doing so, deputies discovered pictures on a Facebook page matching those on the camera, helping them identify the owner. They further noticed a subject in a photo wearing sunglasses matching one of the pairs found in the backpack. Deputies then made contact with the female subject at a West 164th Street residence believed to be the cameras owner, and she identified several items found in the backpack as belonging to her. Deputies located two other property owners in similar circumstances and learned the items had been stored in their vehicles.
In all, deputies discovered that Martin had 55 stolen items in his possession valued at around $4,500. Deputies were eventually able to identify Martin from an identification card he was carrying on his person and learned he had three active arrest warrants for Contempt of Court. Martin was booked on three counts of Simple Burglary of a Motor Vehicle, Theft, Resisting an Officer, improper bicycle safety equipment (R.S. 32:329.1), and the three warrants. He is being held in lieu of $8,800 bond as set by Judge Jerome J. Barbera III on the charges from this incident, and he is currently being held without bond on the contempt charges.
Deputies are still trying to identify owners of the remaining recovered property. If anyone in the area of West 164th Street believes they may have been victimized in these vehicle burglaries, please contact Lafourche Parish Sheriffs Office at (985) 532-4320.