Man arrested for allegedly burglarizing two St. Tammany vet clinics
ST. TAMMANY - A 35-year-old Mandeville man was arrested after he allegedly burglarized two veterinary clinics four separate times in St. Tammany Parish.
According to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office, detectives with the Property Crimes Division arrested Michael Blake Jackson after he was identified as the suspect responsible for the burglaries that occurred over the past three months.
The first incident took place on July 16, when a Mandeville-area vet clinic was burglarized. The same crime took place at the business the next day, July 17, and again on August 3.
Jackson allegedly forced his way into the business through a small exterior window, according to the Sheriff's Office. He then allegedly stole various amounts of prescription medication "typically meant for animals," the Sheriff's Office said.
A vet clinic near Covington was then burglarized on August 11. The suspect again made entry through an exterior window and stole more animal medications.
During each of the burglaries, the suspect was captured on security cameras wearing a ski mask, latex/rubber gloves and a pair of flip flops, according to the Sheriff's Office.
The Sheriff's Office shared the security footage on their social media pages and garnered several tips from the public.
A search warrant was obtained for Jackson's vehicle and residence, where a ski mask, flip flops and latex/rubber gloves were found, according to the Sheriff's Office. Detectives also located a GPS device, pry bars and some of the stolen prescription bottles.
Jackson was arrested and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on four counts of simple burglary of a pharmacy.