POSTED: Saturday, September 28, 2013 - 3:00pm
UPDATED: Saturday, September 28, 2013 - 3:04pm
PLAQUEMINES PARISH, LA — The Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office (PPSO) announces the arrests of two suspects for a business burglary that occurred in Venice during the summer of 2012. Of particular interest, one of the alleged suspects has been arrested 56 times since 1997 and was on State probation at the time his arrest, and the other alleged suspect was an employee of the business when the crime happened.
On June 20, 2012, the PPSO investigated a business burglary that occurred overnight in the 42500 block of Highway 23 in Venice. During the initial investigation, deputies discovered that the perpetrators had entered the property, which was secured by a combination lock. Deputies noted that there was no forced entry to the business or the lock. After entering the premises, it is believed that the burglars removed a boltcutter from within the business and cut a chain-link fence in order to remove the stolen property. Investigators learned that two Yamaha 25HP outboard motors, one Proglide 36HP outboard motor, one CAT pressure washer and assorted tools, all valued at $15,000 were stolen. Additionally, the suspects damaged a Proglide 36HP outboard motor lower unit when it was dropped it on the pavement. While processing the crime scene, detectives collected several potential pieces of evidence and submitted them to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for processing and analysis.
On September 17, 2012, the PPSO received a DNA CODIS hit notification from the State Police Crime Lab in reference to a DNA match that was made from the interior of a glove collected from the scene. The DNA was linked to Deavin William Britton, 35, of Gretna. Detectives subsequently obtained a warrant of arrest on Britton for the crime of simple burglary and he had been wanted since September 24, 2012.
On September 12, 2013, Britton was located at the Belle Chasse Lockup on his simple burglary warrant and was transported to the Belle Chasse Detective Bureau for further investigation.
During questioning by detectives, Britton confessed that he entered the business without permission and stole two Yamaha outboard motors, as well as assorted tools. Furthermore, Britton identified Ricky Paul Fish, 41, of Marrero, who was an employee of the business at the time of the crime and who had access to the location, with allegedly assisting him in committing the burglary.
Britton was subsequently transported to the Belle Chasse Lockup where he was booked with simple burglary. Britton remains in the custody of the PPSO in lieu of a $50,000 bond. Britton is no stranger to the law. Since 1997, he has been arrested 56 times by law enforcement in the New Orleans metropolitan area for charges such as burglary, aggravated burglary, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, theft, possession of stolen property, illegal possession of a firearm, resisting an officer with violence, and narcotics charges. Britton has prior convictions for unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling, resisting an officer with force, illegal carrying of a weapon with a controlled dangerous substance, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of marijuana. At the time of his arrest, Britton was on State probation out of the New Orleans District until October 2014 for unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling.
Based on the new information, detectives obtained a warrant of arrest on Ricky Paul Fish for the crime of simple burglary. On September 18, 2013, Fish arrived at the Belle Chasse Detective Bureau in reference to the investigation. During questioning, Fish confirmed that he was an employee of the victimized business at the time of the incident, but separated from employment in August 2012. Fish related that he had direct access to the business and that he has known Britton for several years, but denied any knowledge or involvement in the burglary. Fish provided detectives with a DNA sample which was submitted to the State Police Crime Lab for comparison against the collected evidence. Fish was transported to the Belle Chasse Lockup where he was charged with simple burglary. On September 20, Fish posted a $30,000 bond and was released from custody.
Fish has a prior burglary and possession of stolen property arrest in 2001 out of Jefferson Parish. He pled guilty to illegal possession of stolen things valued over $300 and was sentenced to two years of State probation.