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Livingston Burglary Ring Busted

POSTED: Tuesday, February 17, 2009 - 5:39pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 10:57pm

Livingston Parish deputies crack a suspected burglary ring all because of a traffic stop. One suspicious car leads to 10 suspects and about 100 cars broken into. The suspects were allegedly burglarizing subdivisions to pay for drugs.

While on patrol in a Watson subdivision deputies spotted a car with the passenger door open and no license plate.

"Car stereos, laptops, stuff laying on the back seat didn’t look right. Our motto: if it doesn’t look right it probably isn’t right,” said Jason Ard.

Deputies say 36-year-old Kenneth Ray Allen was driving the car, but tonight, he and two passengers in the car are behind bars. Deputies say they caught Sean Chopin and Robert Conner stealing items from an unlocked car.

“They’re going around and dropping them off, everyone of these vehicles, gong car to car waiting ‘til they find an unlocked vehicle,” Ard said.

The three men were arrested and led deputies to seven other suspects, including family members of Conner believed to be involved in the ring. They all live in Denham Springs and authorities say they were burglarizing cars to pay for pot and ecstasy.

The crimes took place over just a few weeks and the arrests are quickly becoming the talk of the Parish.

Motorist Debi Veenedaal says, “Sometimes it’s easier to leave your door unlocked because it costs more to replace the window than the stuff they steal.”

Lou Guillory says, “No, I’m not surprised because we ask for it if we leave our vehicles open in our homes and stuff.”

Authorities say the investigation is ongoing and that more arrests will be made. The Sheriff’s Office says they’re still trying to determine a dollar amount of the items that were stolen. Everything that was recovered was returned to the owners.