Two arrested for vehicle burglaries in Lake Charles - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Two arrested for vehicle burglaries in Lake Charles

Travis Gotte, left, and Megan Babineaux, right (Source: CPSO) Travis Gotte, left, and Megan Babineaux, right (Source: CPSO)

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

Lake Charles, LA – Around 2:00 a.m. Wednesday morning, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office received an anonymous call regarding a woman breaking into vehicles at an apartment complex in South Lake Charles.  The caller was able to give the license plate number and a description of the car to the dispatcher.  

Deputies stopped the car a few minutes later on the corner of Ashland and Waverly St. in Lake Charles.  They searched the car and recovered purses; GPS's; a laptop computer; Xanax; and Hydrocodone pills.  All of the items recovered in the car were taken from unlocked vehicles earlier that night and were returned back to the owners by deputies.  

The occupants of the car stopped by deputies, Megan H. Babineaux, 22, and Travis J. Gotte, 21, both of Lake Charles, confirmed they committed the vehicle burglaries, as well as 10 other vehicle burglaries over the last several weeks in south Lake Charles and Moss Bluff.

Deputies went to their mobile home and recovered numerous stolen purses; tools; laptops; shotguns; pistols; camera's; and baby carriers.  Gotte told deputies all the stolen items recovered in the home were taken from unlocked vehicles.

Babineaux and Gotte were both arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 5 counts of burglary of a vehicle; 5 counts of theft over $500; and possession of drugs schedule IV.

Judge Clayton Davis set Babineaux's bond at $10,500.  Gotte's bond has not been set yet.

The investigation is ongoing with numerous other charges pending against Babineaux and Gotte for the 10 other vehicle burglaries committed over the last two weeks.

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Matt Gibbs and Deputy Jacob Wade are the arresting deputies and Detective Glen Lowery is the lead investigator on this case.

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