Detective Laura Guise, Public Integrity Officer
Thibodaux Police Department
1309 Canal Boulevard
Thibodaux, La. 70301
Phone # (985) 446-5021
January 20, 2006
“Hard Lesson Learned”
Back in April of 2000, a Simple Burglarywas committed at the Sunrise fried chickenrestaurant located on South Canal Boulevard in Thibodaux. The suspect, David Dwayne Parker (47y/o, B/Mof 210 Sanders Streetin Thibodaux)was apprehended in the days that followed. Upon being convicted, Parker received a 10 year sentence. After serving 5 of the 10 years, Parker wasreleased on May 9, 2005.
Several months after his release duringthe early morning hours of Friday, January 13, 2006, the Thibodaux PoliceDepartment responded to a burglary alarm that had been activated at the same Sunrise fried chickenrestaurant. When officers arrived onscene, they observed vandalism to the building. Upon entry into the restaurant, they observed that a poker machine alongwith the cash register had been burglarized.
During a vast investigation, it wasdiscovered through evidence, witnesses, and through investigative techniquesthat Parker had committed the January 13th burglary also. After ThibodauxDetectives obtained a warrant for his arrest, they made contact with Parker athis residence at 210 Sanders Street. There, Parker was placed under arrest and transported to the ThibodauxPolice Department for questioning. During a taped interview, Parker gave to detectives a detailedconfession of his involvement with the burglary. Unable to post a $25,000.00 bond Parker wastransported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center where he remains.
Chief Melanconcommented, “With this recent arrest the department’s Criminal InvestigationsDivision has removed someone who obviously reflects a high rate ofrecidivism. Parker was just releasedfrom prison to only get out of jail and commit another burglary. Our commitment to local businesses is that wewill continue to work as a team with neighboring agencies to help protect themfrom criminals like this.