APSO: 5 arrested in car burglary spree
PRAIRIEVILLE - An investigation by detectives into nearly 30 reports of theft from unlocked vehicle in Ascension Parish earlier in July has led to the arrest of five parish residents on numerous burglary charges.
The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office said they received a large number of complaints of items such as loose change, sunglasses, hunting bows and handguns being stolen from unlocked vehicles in the Prairieville and Dutchtown areas.
An investigation began and detectives determined Andrew McMullen, Brandon Lea, Brendan Gonzales, Trent Madere, and a 15-year-old juvenile to be suspects in the spree of burglaries.
Detectives were able to connect all of the accused to the vehicle burglaries, and were able to recover a stolen handgun and compound bow during a search of Lea's residence.
Andrew McMullen, 17, of Prairieville, was arrested and charged with six counts simple burglary of a vehicle, three counts attempted simple burglary of a vehicle, two counts theft of a firearm, two counts criminal trespassing, two counts of felony theft and two counts of misdemeanor theft.
Brandon Lea, 20, of Prairieville, was arrested and charged with theft of a firearm, possession of a stolen firearm and obstruction of justice.
Brendan Gonzales, 17, of Prairieville, was arrested and charged with two counts simple burglary of a vehicle, two counts criminal trespassing, two counts misdemeanor theft, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released on Thursday.
Trent Madere, 19, of Geismar, was arrested and charged with eleven counts simple burglary of a vehicle, three counts attempted simple burglary of a vehicle, five counts criminal trespassing, and three counts contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.
All were booked into Ascension Parish Jail on Wednesday.
The 15-year-old juvenile from Prairieville was booked with three counts simple burglary of a vehicle and released into the custody of his parents.