Observant neighbor helps catch burglars; one faces additional charge of child desertion

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Friday, July 19, 2013 - 3:26pm

An observant neighbor helped investigators locate two men who were found in possession of roughly $10,000 worth of stolen property. One of the accused burglars is facing an additional charge because he left his two young children at home alone while he allegedly committed the crime.

The Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that deputies responded to the call of a residential burglary at roughly 11:00 .m. on Thursday, July 18. When deputies arrived at the home located in the 1500 block of Bajat Road, a neighbor was able to provide a partial license plate for the suspects.

Officials say deputies began searching the area for a car matching the description provided by the witness. They found a car parked at a home located on Nanoke Lane.

After securing a search warrant, deputies recovered the stolen property inside the home where the suspect car was parked.

Michael J. Williams, 28, and Devin Paddio, 19, were arrested for Simple Burglary. However, they also learned that Williams left his two children at home alone while he allegedly committed the burglary. Both children are under the age of 10.

Williams is additionally charged with Child Desertion. Both men are both being held in the Lafayette Parish Jail on a $50,000 bond.

Officials say the two could be connected to other residential burglaries in the area.


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