Belle Chasse business burglary committed by ex-employee

Belle Chasse business burglary committed by ex-employee
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POSTED: Sunday, September 8, 2013 - 8:00am

UPDATED: Sunday, September 8, 2013 - 8:04am

A Belle Chasse man was arrested after he allegedly burglarized a former employer.

On Monday, August 19, 2013, a business owner met with Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office (PPSO) detectives and reported a burglary that allegedly occurred sometime in mid-August at his business located in the 9200 block of Highway 23 in Belle Chasse. The victim informed investigators that he noticed power tools missing from his company.

During the investigation, the owner received a tip that Roy H. Maness, 38, of Chalmette, a former employee terminated in May 2013, allegedly stole the tools and sold them to a pawn shop.

Upon utilizing serial numbers provided by the victim, Detective Brett Taylor discovered that on August 12, Maness pawned two power tools, a saw and a drill, at a Marrero pawn shop. Both tools were later positively identified by the victim as his property.

On Wednesday, August 28, PPSO investigators learned that Maness had been arrested in Pascagoula, Mississippi on unrelated charges of receiving stolen property and possession of stolen property and was being held in the custody of the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.

On Thursday, August 29, Detective Taylor traveled to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office and interviewed Maness. During questioning, Maness admitted that he burglarized the Belle Chasse business and sold the stolen property to a pawn shop in Jefferson Parish to support his narcotic pain pill addiction.

Detective Taylor subsequently obtained a warrant of arrest on Maness for simple burglary.

Once Maness is released from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, he will be extradited to Plaquemines Parish and booked on his outstanding warrant. 

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