POSTED: Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 8:30pm
UPDATED: Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 8:34pm
PONCHATOULA, LA — Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports that on Feb. 19, 2012, Burglary Task Force detectives arrested 3 subjects for residential burglary and auto theft which occurred in the Ponchatoula area, Deer Creek Sub-Division.
Brandon Herring, 18, Michael Pierson, 17, and Tyler Troxler, 17, all from Ponchatoula, traveled to the sub-division with the intent of committing burglaries on automobiles and homes.
The suspects parked there vehicle in a wooded area with soft ground. The vehicle became stuck in the mud and unmovable. The suspects then went to a near by residence in Shirls Meadows and stole a vehicle with the intentions of trying to free their car form the mud. As a result, both vehicles became imbedded in the soft ground and stuck! The Trio then decided to escape the area, leaving both the suspect vehicles imbedded in the woods.
The sheriff's office was then contacted regarding a burglary in Deer Creek Subdivision. Upon investigation, deputies located the two suspect vehicles in the wooded area. The investigation led detectives to the residence of 17 year Brandon Herring. As a result, detectives located numerous items of stolen property at Herrings residence. During the investigation, Herring admitted to committing numerous residential and vehicle burglaries, including the burglaries reported in Deer Creek Subdivision. These burglaries were wide spread and date back to October of 2011.
The investigation further led detectives to Livingston Parish, where a joint investigation began. As a result of these efforts, detectives have been able to solve multiple burglaries in Tangipahoa Parish and in Livingston Parish.
At this time, detectives are collecting evidence and identifying stolen property. This investigation is on going. Future arrests are forthcoming. Notification will be made to all property owners and soon as all evidence is processed and identified.
Task Force agents have found that a vast majority of these crimes have been targets of opportunity, with locations randomly selected. Neighborhood vigilance, as well as insuring both vehicle and residential doors are locked, can make a great difference in avoiding the chance at being a victim of these types of crimes!