Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre reported a burglary suspect arrested early Tuesday morning with a large amount of stolen property has been charged with 36 burglaries in the South Lafourche area. Detectives said Chad Anthony Breaux (W/M, D.O.B. 03-11-86) of 352 E. 75th Street in Cut Off burglarized more than 30 vehicles, three sheds or garages and one residence. Detectives have also indicated they are continuing their investigation and believe at least one other subject may have been involved.
By the early morning hours of Tuesday, August 14, patrol deputies had responded to several reports of burglaries in the Cut Off area between West 47th Street and West 54th Street. Then around 4:15 A.M., deputies responded to a report of a car blocking the drive-through lane at a restaurant on LA Highway 3162 in Cut Off. Upon arrival, deputies noticed the driver was slumped over with the vehicle still in drive with the drivers foot on the brake. As the deputies turned off the vehicle, they noticed a large amount of items in plain view inside the vehicle, including some that had been reported stolen earlier that night. The driver, who had been asleep, was identified by deputies as Chad Breaux. He was taken into custody and transported to the South Lafourche Sub-station in Galliano. Detectives recovered a number of stolen items including purses, wallets, cell phones, MP3 players, cameras, laptops, GPS navigation systems and weed trimmers.
Following the investigation Tuesday, Breaux was transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux where he was booked on 35 counts of simple burglary and one count of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling, all felonies. He is being held in lieu of $225,000 bond as set by Judge F. Hugh Larose. Detectives indicate the investigation into these crimes is continuing.
Sheriff Webre applauded the efforts of deputies and detectives in these cases. Through cooperation with the public, we were able to identify the large number of crimes this criminal was responsible for, and we were able to return most of the stolen property already, said Sheriff Webre. This man is a repeat offender who has been in trouble in the law since becoming an adult, and he finds himself in jail once again.
Breauxs criminal record shows 16 prison stays and 11 prior arrests for charges including several other thefts and burglaries, possession of stolen things, DWI, drug possession, assault, and battery of a police officer.
Detectives learned most of the burglaries occurred with unlocked vehicles. Sheriff Webre reminds all residents that one of the easiest ways to protect yourself from being a victim of a burglary is to lock your vehicle doors. In most cases, criminals are looking for the easiest targets and will bypass locked doors, said Sheriff Webre. Simply locking your doors is one of the best defenses against crime.