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Joint investigation nets 8 arrests, $10K in recovered goods

 Joint investigation nets 8 arrests, $10K in recovered goods

POSTED: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 10:30am

UPDATED: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 10:52am

The Livingston and St. Helena Parish Sheriff’s Offices joined forces to solve a string of burglaries that occurred between the southern part of St. Helena and the northern part of Livingston.

In November 2013, detectives began delving into the burglaries of several vehicles and sheds. So far, they’ve connected at least six burglaries between the two parishes.

During the investigation, deputies were led to a home in Pine Grove, Louisiana. A search of the St. Helena residence led to the discovery of several stolen items from multiple crimes.

The occupant of that home, Brandi Lanier, 32, was arrested on charges of simple burglary (7 counts) and theft. More charges are pending for Lanier.

At the same time, St. Helena Detectives also arrested Bret Leblanc, 49, of Baton Rouge, for illegal possession of stolen things.

The investigation also resulted in the arrest of other individuals in January 2014, for burglary, possessing stolen property and drug offenses.

Those individuals include: William R. Harris, 53, of Walker; Brandi Elaine Robinson, 27, of Walker; Benjamin Jacob Merge, 30, of Walker; Randolph E. Bass, 56, of Walker; Kierstyn P. Harvey, 19, of Walker; and Bradley A. Pardue, 29, of Walker.

Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard credits teamwork for helping to solve these cases.

In addition to the arrests, Ard says officers recovered about $10,000 in stolen property, including stolen guns, “which are now off the streets and out of the hands of criminals.”

Additional charges are pending, and more arrests are expected. 

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