Local burglaries blamed on Houston gang

Local burglaries blamed on Houston Gang

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - On Thursday night, Lake Charles Police, the Sheriff's Office and Lake Charles Mayor Randy Roach met with residents in South Lake Charles.

Chief Don Dixon provided an update on a rash of burglaries in December and January in the area.

Currently, a joint effort between Lake Charles Police and Calcasieu Sheriff's Office has netted four arrests.

Police say those suspects are believed to be a part of a Houston gang.

Lake Charles law enforcement worked with agencies in Beaumont, Orange and Houston to compare similar burglaries.

Dixon said Houston authorities were able to recover a gun that was taken from a Lake Charles home on Jan. 10.

As a result of a close eye by law enforcement and residents, police did make two more arrests not related to the December and January burglaries.

Dixon said the burglars behind the January incidents are not associated with the Radio Shack robberies. The December break-ins are still under investigation but he said he does not see any connection with the Radio Shack crime, which also had suspects from Houston.

"We have nine separate warrants for the Radio Shack robberies," Dixon said. "It is in a totally different part of Houston and a totally different gang."

Dixon said he told residents in January that his team would give the investigation their all and he wanted to use Thursday's meeting to follow up.

"On Jan. 16, we met with residents and we told them we were going to give this case 100% since we considered these to be professional burglars," Dixon said.

Residents were impressed by the quick efforts of law enforcement.

"I thought it would be at least two years before we would see any results, but between the Sheriff's Department and Police Department, they actually solved this very quickly," resident Kim Williams said. "I am very happy because it was getting where your life was heavily affected by this."

Roach reminded residents to always be vigilant and contact law enforcement when they see something suspicious.

"Be vigilant about keeping copies of serial number so if something was stolen we can track down who the item belongs to," Roach said. "I believe when people in the neighborhood work together with authorities, things get solved."

Dixon and the mayor both agreed the work they did to track down these thieves will not stop.

"The results have paid off, but everyone will continue to work and do what we have to do to keep the community safe," Roach said.

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