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CEMETERY VANDALISM SUSPECTS CAUGHT
TheThibodaux Police Department has been actively investigating reports of vandalismand thefts that occurred in the St. Joseph Cemetery located at 949 Menard St.
Overthe past few weeks, it has been reported that unknown individuals would enteredthe cemetery and sit on tombs in an area that is not visible to passingmotorist. Evidence located inthe cemetery indicated that the suspects would drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes,and damage tombs. A recent report stated that the suspects apparently climbed ontop of several tombs and kicked over cement crosses until they broke.
OnSaturday, October 27, shortly after 1:00 am, two Thibodaux Police Officersexited their vehicle and conducted foot patrol throughout the St. JosephCemetery. As Officers got close tothe area in question, they heard noises coming from the area. The Officers thenobserved three suspects sitting on top of tombs in the cemetery. All threesuspects were ordered to come down from the tombs and were subsequently placedunder arrest.
Thethree suspects were identified at Paul Juneau, 23, of 805 Mc Culla St., AngelLirette, 20, of 805 Mc Culla St. and Kyle Chenier, 24, of 802 Oak Ln. all ofThibodaux.
Duringquestioning, it was learned that the three suspects were also involved in pastacts of vandalism in the cemetery and admitted to stealing a cement angel fromone of the tombs. The cement angel was recovered from their vehicle that waslocated in a parking lot of a nearby business.
Allthree suspects were charged with Desecration of Graves and Criminal Mischief.Lirette was also charged with Possession of alcohol by person under 21. Juneau and Lirettes were booked and released on a $1000. 00 bond. Chenierwas booked and released on a $500.00 bond.
THE FOLLOWING IS A QUOTE FROM THIBODAUX POLICE CHIEFCRAIG A. MELANCON:
“This incident is such a violation toward the families who has loved ones buriedin the cemetery and simply will not be tolerated. We have been working to catchthem and I’m happy we did. Hopefully this will bring some piece of mind to thefamilies and the staff at the St. Joseph Cemetery.”
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