Deputies: trio busted for burglaries after getting stuck in mud twice

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Posted: Feb 24, 2012 12:46 AM by Trey Schmaltz

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Topics: Ponchatoula, crime, burglary, stuck, mud arrested, teens

PONCHATOULA- Three teens were arrested, charged with a string of burglaries after their get-away vehicle got stuck in the mud.

Brandon Herring, 18 and Michael Pierson and Travis Troxler- both 17- were busted and deputies say they're connected to crimes in Tangipahoa and maybe Livingston.

In a news release, investigators say the trio went to Deer Creek subdivision off Hwy 22 West of Ponchatoula planning to burglarize homes and vehicles. But, according to deputies, the group parked their car in a wooded area with soft ground and got stuck.

Then, investigators say they stole a car from another neighborhood nearby- Shirls Meadows- to use to pull the other vehicle out, but, it got stuck too.

Eventually, detectives caught-up with Herring who admitted to a number of burglaries.

"These burglaries were wide spread and date back to October of 2011" said a Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office spokesperson.

"A vast majority of these crimes have been targets of opportunity, with locations randomly selected. Neighborhood vigilance, as well as insuring both vehicle and residential doors are locked, can make a great difference in avoiding the chance at being a victim of these types of crimes."

More arrests are expected.

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