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Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • SPD arrests five in connection to vehicle burglary spree

  • According to a news release from SPD Public Information Officer Mel Estess, Sulphur detectives have been investigating several vehicle burglaries that occurred at local motels Aug. 23-24, 2013. Officers located 16 vehicles that had been broken into at three separate motels on Arena Rd.: Holiday Inn, Candlewood Suites and Wingate Inn. All of the vehicles had their windows broken.
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  • Sulphur Police have arrested five suspects allegedly responsible for a recent rash of vehicle burglaries at a three local motels.
    According to a news release from SPD Public Information Officer Mel Estess, Sulphur detectives have been investigating several vehicle burglaries that occurred at local motels Aug. 23-24, 2013. Officers located 16 vehicles that had been broken into at three separate motels on Arena Rd.: Holiday Inn, Candlewood Suites and Wingate Inn. All of the vehicles had their windows broken.
    During the early morning hours of Sept. 23, SPD officers responded to report of vehicle burglaries in progress at Wingate Inn on Arena Rd.
    The suspect vehicle, described as a tan SUV, was seen getting on I-10 eastbound on Ruth St. Officers followed the SUV and was able to conduct a traffic stop of the vehicle at the entrance of the Best Western Hotel on Pintail Dr. in Sulphur. Officers identified the vehicle occupants as Alvina Pouchie, 23, of Ace St. in Lake Charles; Phillip Williams, 20, of Griffers St. in Lake Charles; Mark Thibodeaux, 20, of St. John St. in Lake Charles; Royce Thibodeaux, 22, also of St. John St. in Lake Charles; and Christine Johnson, 18, of Third St. in Lake Charles.
    Estess reports that the officers obtained consent to search the vehicle and that they allegedly found various electronic equipment consistent with those stolen in the vehicle burglaries, including GPS units, DVD players, and cameras, among other items. Clothing worn by the SUV occupants matched the descriptions of the burglary suspects, and broken glass was also found in the vehicle. Further investigation led officers to believe the five were connected to the burglaries.
    All five suspects were arrested and booked into the Sulphur City Jail. Each suspect was charged with 16 counts of simple burglary and one count of possession of burglary tools.
    As of Tuesday, the suspects were being held in the Sulphur City Jail on the following bonds per Judge David Ritchie: Pouchie on a $200,000 bond; Johnson on a $200,000 bond; Mark Thibodeaux on a $225,000 bond; Royce Thibodeaux on a $425,000; and Williams on a $355,000 bond.
    Additional charges are pending.
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