A 52-year-old Belle Rose man was arrested Thursday by law enforcement authorities in connection with a string of vehicle burglaries in St. Mary and Terrebonne parishes, Morgan City Police Chief Travis Crouch and St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert said in news releases.
—Errol Johnson, 52, of the 100 block of Ewelle Street in Belle Rose, was arrested at 11:57 a.m. Thursday on Morgan City police charges for simple burglary of a vehicle, illegal possession of stolen things (vehicle-value $8,000), illegal possession of stolen things less than $500, aggravated flight from an officer, unauthorized entry of a place of business, possession of drug paraphernalia, operating a vehicle with a suspended driver’s license, on a hold for the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office on warrants for simple burglary and unauthorized use of an access card.
Johnson was later arrested at 1:35 p.m. Thursday on St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office warrants for simple burglary and attempted simple burglary.
On Thursday, Morgan City police received information from Terrebonne Parish to be on the lookout for a man approaching females at businesses and staging a gasoline leak near their vehicle, Crouch said.
The man, according to the information would approach the females, pretending to come to their aid and eventually rob the females.
Morgan City police received a complaint at a drug store located on Brashear Avenue which described a black man who approached a female, alleging a gasoline leak and asking for the vehicle keys, Crouch said.
Officers encountered a vehicle and driver which fit the description provided in the bulletin, however, the suspect, upon seeing officers, immediately fled in the vehicle leading officers on a vehicle pursuit. The suspect eventually pulled his vehicle to a La. 182 business, exited his vehicle and attempted to flee on foot into the business’ warehouse, Crouch said. Officers pursued him and were able to apprehend Johnson inside the warehouse. Johnson was found to possess credit cards which did not belong to him along with items of drug paraphernalia, Crouch said.
Officers learned of a vehicle burglary which occurred at a Brashear Avenue supermarket. Officers recovered items which Johnson attempted to discard during the pursuit which was allegedly taken in that burglary.
Johnson, who was found to be operating a vehicle with a suspended driver’s license, was driving a stolen vehicle from Lafayette during the pursuit. The vehicle was recovered, Crouch said.
The St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office warrants stem from an investigation into a report received Tuesday of a stolen wallet, Hebert said. Detectives learned that the wallet was taken from a vehicle in the parking lot of a store in Bayou Vista. The victim was approached by a man who claimed the victim’s vehicle was leaking gasoline, Hebert said. The man offered to press down the gas pedal while the victim checked the back of the car. While inside the vehicle, the man took the victim’s wallet. St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received information of a similar crime occurring in the Houma area, Hebert said.
Working with information from the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office, including the identity of a possible suspect, detectives began investigating whether the crimes were related and whether Johnson, wanted by Terrebonne Parish authorities, was responsible for the theft in Bayou Vista.
On Thursday, a St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s deputy responded to a report of a suspicious person in the parking lot of the same store in Bayou Vista. A short time later, deputies were advised that Johnson was arrested by Morgan City police who had responded to a separate complaint made to that department in Morgan City, Hebert said.
Johnson was taken to the Morgan City Police Department where he was questioned by Morgan City police detectives as well as Terrebonne and St. Mary Parish sheriff’s deputies. Based on interviews and additional evidence, additional charges may follow, Crouch said. If anyone has any information regarding Johnson, or any other crime, contact the Morgan City Police Department at 985-380-4605 or the local law enforcement agency.
Morgan City Police Chief Travis Crouch reported the following arrest:
—Nicole M. Hillebrandt, 35, of Mallard Street in Morgan City, was arrested at 6:58 p.m. Thursday for operating a vehicle with a suspended driver’s license and a stop light violation.
A patrolling officer detained the driver of a vehicle on La. 182 and Florence Street after the vehicle failed to negotiate a stop light. The driver, Hillebrandt, was found to be operating a vehicle with a suspended driver’s license and was arrested. She was jailed.
St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert reported responding to 45 complaints in the parish and reported the following arrests in east St. Mary Parish:
—Sonya Mclemore, 24, no address given, was arrested at 10:25 a.m. Thursday for simple burglary and unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling. A deputy responded to a complaint of a disturbance at a business on La. 182 in Bayou Vista. The complainant stated a female subject was seen rummaging through a vehicle. The deputy made contact with the subject and identified her as Mclemore. Shortly after the first complaint, the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office received a report of an unauthorized entry at a nearby residence. Mclemore was identified as the subject who entered the home without permission. Mclemore was jailed with no bail set.
—Elizabeth Lewis, 21, of the 200 block of Jones Street in Berwick, was arrested at 12:45 p.m. Thursday for theft of goods. While investigating an unrelated complaint at a store in Bayou Vista, a deputy received a report of shoplifting. Lewis was released on a summons to appear in court April 28.
—Daryan Parvino, 21, of the 100 block of Burchfield Street in Berwick, was arrested at 2:25 p.m. Thursday on a warrant for failure to comply with the terms and conditions of drug court. Parvino was jailed with bail set at $100,000.
—Jared Gaudet, 24, of the 100 block of Aucoin Lane in Amelia, was arrested at 5:52 p.m. Thursday for possession of drug paraphernalia. Gaudet was released on a summons to appear in court April 28.
—Taylor Darden, 19, of the 19400 block of La. 182 in Jeanerette, was arrested at 7:33 p.m. Thursday for driving while intoxicated, purchase and public possession of alcoholic beverage by a person under the age of 21, improper lane usage, and possession of open alcoholic beverages in a motor vehicle. Darden was jailed with no bail set.
Patterson Police Chief Patrick LaSalle reported the following arrests:
—Shontranice McDaniel, 18, of the 1500 block of Gum Street in Franklin, and Bryanohekia Harris, 26, of the 500 block of Orange Street in Morgan City, were arrested at 1:33 a.m. today for disturbing the peace fighting. Both were jailed on $410 bail.
Berwick Police Chief James Richard reported no arrests.