Juvenile suspected of burglary in Westlake

The following is a Press Release from the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office:

On March 29, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to a business on Mims Road in Westlake in reference to a burglary that had occurred during the night.

When deputies arrived, they spoke with owner of the business who had discovered one of his work trucks in the parking lot had two flat tires, and there were a set of tire tracks on the ground coming from the yard of a neighboring residence leading to the business where the truck was now parked.  Deputies also discovered a window of the building had been shattered and keys belonging to two company trucks were missing.

On March 30, deputies received a call regarding a suspicious truck abandoned in a field on North Perkins Ferry Road with the lights still on.   After running the license plate of the truck, the deputies discovered the truck belonged to the owner of the Westlake business burglarized the prior day.

On March 31, deputies were dispatched to the business after the owner discovered someone had entered his business by shattering a window and had left muddy foot prints on the office floor.

On April 2, CPSO detectives responded after receiving another call from the Westlake business owner, stating someone gained entry by shattering another window and had left several pornographic photos inside the business, and had altered one of the employee's online social media accounts.

During the investigation, detectives were contacted by several witnesses who reported a 16 year old boy had recently moved into the neighborhood directly south of the burglarized business, and had been seen walking the streets during the night.

Detectives went to the home of the 16 year old boy and attempted to speak with the homeowner and observed a camper trailer hooked up in the yard with the air conditioner running.  When detectives spoke with the homeowner, it was discovered the juvenile boy had been living in the camper trailer.  After receiving permission by the owner of the camper trailer, a search of the camper was conducted and detectives recovered several items reported stolen including a digital camera, cell phone, and the keys belonging to two of the burglarized company trucks.

The juvenile was booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with simple burglary; criminal damage to property; theft over $500; criminal mischief; and possession of alcohol by a minor.

All stolen items were recovered by detectives and returned to the business owner.

CPSO Deputy Cody Fontenot was the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective David Burnett is the lead investigator on this case.  The investigation is continuing with more charges possible.