Jun 11, 2010 - In four recent cases, St. Bernard Parish sheriff’s deputies on patrol made quick arrests in two home burglaries, caught a man with a gun who ran when stopped while riding a stolen bicycle and also arrested four people with 75 pills and marijuana after a hit-and-run incident, Chief Deputy Sheriff James Pohlmann said.
In the burglary arrests, calls from residents while the break-ins were taking place resulted in patrol deputies being able to quickly locate suspects, Pohlmann said, saying such vital assistance from the public significantly increases the chances of an arrest being made.
Pohlmann said, “Never hesitate to call the Sheriff’s Office at (504) 271-2501 if you see anything suspicious taking place in your neighborhood. You can help protect your street.’’
The patrol deputies who made the arrests are commanded by Maj. Mark Poche.
In one instance in late May, Aaron Saucier, 26, 3020 Lloyds St., Chalmette, was booked with burglary after the owner of a house on West Josephine Street reported he saw someone inside his residence that was under construction, Pohlmann said. After a quick search of the area, Saucier was located by deputies and under questioning acknowledged he and another man, John Canale, no age or address available, had gone into the house to steal wire for resale.
Saucier also admitted to burglarizing autos in the area, Pohlmann said.
Canale was arrested on a later date and both he and Saucier are being held in St. Bernard Parish Prison on burglary charges.
In another case, William Crawford, 32, 2200 Trio St., Chalmette, was booked May 28 with burglary of a residence on Jupiter Drive in Chalmette after an anonymous called told the Sheriff’s Office there was a burglary in progress and descried the man who broke into the residence.
Sheriff’s Dep. Randy Dabdoub, working with Cpl. Michael Lyons, found Crawford in the area and under questioning he admitted to the burglary. Items stolen were recovered, Pohlmann said. Crawford was booked into the jail on a burglary charge.
An Arabi man, Earl Davis, 18, 912 Community St., was booked May 28 with theft of a bicycle, possession of a gun with an obliterated serial number, resisting an officer and trespassing when he jumped from a bicycle and ran when sheriff’s deputies tried to question him about riding in the street and forcing motorists to swerve to avoid hitting him, Pohlmann said.
During the foot chase, Davis was seen throwing away an object and after he was caught he admitted to stealing the bicycle on Aycock Street in Arabi. The property was returned to the owner.
Afterward, a resident of the area reported finding a gun in the immediate area of the foot pursuit with Davis and at St. Bernard Parish Prison Davis admitted he had had the weapon on him but threw it down before being captured, Pohlmann said.
Also, on the night of June 10, a man driving a vehicle with three women passengers struck two vehicles in a hit-and-run incident in Chalmette before their car was disabled.
When deputies arrived on the call, Pohlmann said, the driver of the hit-and-run vehicle, Brad Oracoy, 23, 1804 Latapie Lane, St. Bernard community, stumbled and fell as he was ordered from the vehicle.
Deputies found 15 tablets of a prescription drug scattered on a rear passenger floorboard and also found a paper bag containing 60 tablets and a clear plastic bag containing marijuana, Pohlmann said.
The pills were Xanax and Soma.
Oracoy and passengers Shanda Norton, 20, 2320 Nicosia Drive and Monica DeLoach, 22, 2016 Christie Drive, both of the Poydras area; and Danika Pentney, 20, 2518 Citrus Drive, St. Bernard community, were all booked into St. Bernard Prison on charges of possession of marijuana and possession of the drugs Xanax and Soma.
Also, Oracoy was booked with driving while intoxicated, hit-and-run, driving under suspension for prior DWI and with not having vehicle insurance.