Vehicle burglaries solved

Published 1:20 am Sunday, January 30, 2011

A set of vehicular burglaries on Jan. 20, has been solved by the Picayune Police Department.

According to a release from the department, the burglaries occurred in the Wal-Mart parking lot and allegedly were done by 34 year-old Louis Adam Michel of 114 Concord Loop, Pearl River, La.

Deputy Chief David Ervin said the four incidents were reported to the department on Jan. 20 between the hours of 6 a.m. and 8 p.m.

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Investigation into the vehicle burglaries showed the suspect had taken a credit card from one of the vehicles and the card was used at a nearby gas station, the release states. Surveillance footage from the gas station showed the suspect using the credit card and that footage was also able to capture Michel’s tag number in the parking lot, according to the release. The release states the vehicle registration information was used to identify Michel as a potential suspect.

On Jan. 21, the releaase states that officers with the department came across the vehicle in town and conducted a traffic stop. The release states a subsequent search of Michel’s vehicle found several items listed as stolen during the previous day’s burglaries.

Michel was arrested and charged with four counts of vehicle burglary and may face more charges as the investigation continues, Ervin said.

“This was a combination of outstanding police work by both the patrol division and the detective division working together to apprehend the suspect in a timely manner and recover the stolen items,” said Deputy Chief Bryan Dawsey in the release.

The release states that Dawsey would like to remind citizens to pay careful attention to valuable items left in a vehicle and to ensure vehicles are locked at all times. Valuable items should be kept in an out of sight location such as the trunk, if possible, the release states.