The Thibodaux Police Department Criminal Investigations Division has announced the arrest of Jerome M. Washington of 1274 Lot (U) St. Charles St. Thibodaux, La. Washington, a 22-year-old male is charged with nine counts of burglary.
On October 2, 2003, Washington came to the Thibodaux Police Department where he was arrested on a warrant for residential burglary. Washington was booked on the existing burglary warrant then questioned to learn if he knew anything of any other residential burglaries. Following this questioning, Washington was transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center.
Detectives processed evidence collected in several of these burglaries and linked Washington to three. As a result of evidence and the questioning of Washington, he was charged and arrested on October 3, 2003 for eight additional counts of burglary.
The burglaries occurred the eight hundred block of McCulla Street, the nine hundred and eleven hundred blocks of President Street and on Pecan Street. These burglaries occurred between September 3rd and September 24th 2003. Items stolen in these burglaries were electrical appliances, televisions, VCR’s, recorders, cameras, jewelry and household objects.
Washington is being held at the Lafourche Parish Detention Center on one hundred, twenty-five thousand dollar, ($125,000.00) bond. Washington advised detectives that he burglarized these residences to support his cocaine habit.
In an unrelated burglary of Tom’s Bike shop, several thousand dollars worth of bicycles, go-carts, as well as gas and electric powered scooters were stolen from the shop this past weekend. Tom Shaw, owner and operator of the shop, contacted Detectives with the Thibodaux Police Department on October 6, 2003 after eight o’clock AM and reported the burglary.
Patrol Officers and Detectives canvassed North Thibodaux residents in an attempt to gather information regarding any witnesses to suspicious persons seen with any of these items. Some residents did witness subjects on scooters in early morning hours this past weekend and reported this to investigators.
Officer John Sutton Jr. followed a well-used trail from North Thibodaux to the Abby Plantation area where he observed three subjects on new bicycles. These subjects, upon seeing the police unit, fled to a house trailer at 407 Paula Drive. Officer Sutton gave chase and apprehended one of the runners. Officer Sutton also discovered four of the stolen electric scooters in the yard of 407 Paula Drive. These scooters were plugged in, for apparent re-charging, at the trailer home at this address. Two expensive stolen bicycles were also in this yard.
These four scooters and two bicycles were removed from this location and brought to the police station where detectives will collect any evidence that may have been left in or on them.
Two new go-carts and a gas-powered scooter, which was still in the box, were recovered. Several other gas-powered scooters are still missing as well as a green “Mongoose” brand, “AKA” bicycle valued at $659.00.
The total of the recovered items is estimated at over three thousand dollars.
Several suspects are being sought and other evidence is being processed to link these possible suspects and other persons to this burglary or to the possession of these stolen items.
The Thibodaux Police Department is asking anyone with information regarding this burglary, or the whereabouts of any of these missing items, to contact the Criminal Investigations Division at 446-5021.