APSO arrests thieves responsible for almost 30 car burglaries

APSO arrests thieves responsible for almost 30 car burglaries
Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office
CrimeTracker
Friday, July 25, 2014 - 8:36pm

Five young men are now in the Ascension Parish in connection with a string of car burglaries.

In early July, thieves broke into almost thirty cars in Prairieville and stole loose change, sun glasses, a hunting bow, and handgun.

Chief Tony Bacala says investigators determined that Andrew McMullen, Brandon Lea, Brendan Gonzales, Trent Madere, and a 15-year-old juvenile were responsible for the thefts.

Deputies arrested the suspects after they found the stolen weapons at Lea’s home.

Andrew McMullen, 17, of 37040 Agnes Webb Drive, 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, two counts of misdemeanor theft. His bond was set at $70,589.

Brandon Lea, 20, of 37099 Timothy Drive, Prairieville, was arrested and charged with theft of a firearm, possession of a stolen firearm, and obstruction of justice. His bond was set at $5,000.

Brendan Gonzales, 17, of 18341 Bluffview Drive, Prairieville, was arrested and charged with two counts simple burglary of a vehicle, two counts criminal trespassing, two counts misdemeanor theft, possession of schedule I, and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond has been set at $40,933.50 and was released on July 24.

Trent Madere, 19, of 12343 Oak Brook Drive, 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. His bond was set at $125,294.50.

All were booked into the Ascension Parish Jail on July 23. All bonds were set by Judge Turner.

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.
 

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