Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre reported the arrest of three Thibodaux men for the burglaries of several vehicles over the past few days. Jewann Baptiste (B/M, D.O.B. 09/10/94) of 145 Constant Drive, Paul Lirette (W/M, D.O.B. 09/15/92) of 2649 Choctaw Road, and Zachary Thibodeaux (W/M, D.O.B. 04/06/95) of 104 Ed Ponvelle Lane were arrested Tuesday night after they were found with stolen property.
At around 8 p.m. Tuesday night, Bicycle Patrol deputies were near the intersection of Highway 3185 and Highway 1 when they observed a vehicle with multiple occupants parked at the far corner of a convenient store parking lot. The deputies made contact with the driver, who appeared to be very nervous, and asked him to exit the vehicle. When he did, deputies noticed a handgun. Deputies then ordered all occupants out of the vehicle and called for additional deputies to assist. As the vehicle occupants exited, deputies noticed several GPS systems inside the vehicle. A search of the vehicle turned up several car stereos and cell phone chargers along with the GPS systems.
Detectives then arrived at the scene. Through investigation and questioning, they learned three vehicle occupants, Jewann Baptiste, Paul Lirette and Zachary Thibodaux, had conducted vehicle burglaries over the past few days at several apartment complexes around the Thibodaux area. Detectives confirmed some of the burglaries with the Thibodaux Police Department and discovered some of the items found inside the vehicle had been reported stolen in the burglaries. Baptiste, Lirette and Thibodaux were arrested and transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux. They were each booked with three counts of simple burglary and three counts of illegal possession of stolen things. All three are being held in lieu of $165,000 bond each as set by Judge Walter Lanier III. Baptiste is also being held for Probation and Parole.
Detectives say the investigation into this matter is continuing and additional charges may be pending. All three have criminal histories, and Baptiste was also arrested for burglaries in March and July of 2012.
Sheriff Webre applauded the efforts of everyone involved and again reminded residents to lock their vehicles: More often than not, vehicle burglaries are committed when criminals find the easy target of an unlocked vehicle. While our deputies will diligently work to prevent these crimes, citizens should protect themselves from becoming a potential victim by always locking vehicles, especially overnight.
This incident is another example of recidivist criminals who callously continue to victimize honest, hard-working citizens, added Sheriff Webre. It is frustrating to be repeatedly dealing with the same criminals day after day because of a lack of jail space.