Sulphur man linked to "smash and grabs" through DNA

David St. Germain (Source: CPSO)
David St. Germain (Source: CPSO)
Charles Matthew 'Tennessee' Garrett (Source: CPSO)
Charles Matthew 'Tennessee' Garrett (Source: CPSO)

The following is a news release from the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office:

Lake Charles, LA – The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office has been investigating eleven "smash and grab" burglaries which occurred in the parish from December 24, 2009 until February 6, 2010.

"If you haven't noticed they've stopped two months ago," said Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

That's because one of the suspects has been in jail. Mancuso says DNA evidence collected at the scenes from duffel bag handles, a jacket, and miscellaneous tools have connected David St. Germain, 45, of Sulphur to the following three burglaries:

*Fisherman's Headquarters, Carlyss - Wednesday, February 3  
A stolen truck was used to ram the front door
Nothing was taken

*B & O Kitchen, Sulphur  - Friday, February 5
A stolen truck was used to ram into the business
Food and money were taken

*Quick Check #9, Sulphur - Saturday, February 6
A stolen truck was used to ram into the business
Food and money was taken

St. Germain is also connected by DNA to the burglary of a storage building at a home on Stegal Rd. in Sulphur on February 6 where he gained entry by cutting a hole in the wall by the door.  An air compressor was stolen.

St. Germain is being charged with possession of stolen property; 4 counts of criminal damage to property; 4 counts of burglary; and 4 counts of theft. Judge Kent Savoie set his bond at $120,000.              

He is currently incarcerated in the West Feliciana Parish Jail for a "smash and grab" he committed on February 11, at a restaurant in St. Francisville.  He was arrested later that same day and charged with burglary and property damage.

On April 23, warrants were issued for St. Germain and he will be transported back to Calcasieu Parish to face the charges after he serves his time in St. Francisville.

"The good news is we still believe he is responsible for the other smash and grabs that took place, but we are only charging him with these three," said Mancuso.

The Sheriff's Office is looking for a person of interest who they believe participated in some of the "smash & grab" burglaries.  His name is Charles Matthew "Tennessee" Garrett.  He is a white male, 6'4, 225 pounds and is 36 years old.  He is last known to have lived in Sulphur.  If anyone knows his whereabouts, they are asked to call CPSO at 431-1352 or Crimestoppers at 439-2222.

Mancuso says deputies were on to the duo. He says investigators were using new tools to predict where they would strike next and almost caught them the night of February 6th.

"The deputies use a mathematical formula to predict where they are going to target and when they are going to target and they were right on task. We had surveillance teams out and that is why we came so close to catching them. When I say close - I'm talking about actually seeing them drive away in the vehicle but because of traffic and their elusiveness they were able to get away and unfortunately that happens," explained Mancuso.

CPSO Detectives Darrell Fontenot and Sconnie Granger are the lead investigators on this case.