According to Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz, “On two separate occasions this past weekend, St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to complaints of burglaries and were able to catch the burglars while the crime was being committed.”
During the evening hours of November 20, 2020, deputies were dispatched to the 2500 block of Landry Street in the Opelousas area in reference to a business burglary. The victim was inside of the business sitting at her desk when the power shut off. She then saw the suspect walk past the window and proceed to the tool shed behind the business. While the victim was on the phone with the 911 operator, she observed the suspect attempting to break into the tool shed.
When deputies arrived at the business, the victim observed the suspect leaving the area. The deputies searched the area and noted that the door to the shed was pulled off at the hinge, as well as all circuit breakers to the business had been pushed in the off position.
Deputies were able to locate the suspect in the vehicle parked in the carport at the business. He was attempting to elude the deputies by hiding on the passenger floorboard inside of the unlocked vehicle. When deputies searched the suspect for possible concealed weapons, two different types of controlled dangerous substances were located in his possession.
Joseph Chachere was then transported to the St. Landry Parish Jail and booked on the charges Simple Burglary and 2 counts of Possession of Schedule II CDS.
During the second incident, an off duty police officer returned to his home in the morning hours of November 22, 2020. Upon arrival at the vicinity of Highway 13, he immediately noticed that the glass in the sliding door in the back of the residence was shattered and a male subject was inside his home. The off duty police officer ran inside the residence and apprehended the suspect. He then completed a search of the residence for other suspects, but none were found. The off duty police officer then called the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office for assistance.
Upon taking inventory of his possessions, the off duty police officer noted that the television was in the process of being removed from his home.
St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies transported Paul Marshall Fontenot to the St. Landry Parish Jail and he was booked for Simple Burglary and Criminal Damage to Property.
On behalf of Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz, this is Deputy Chief Eddie Thibodeaux. All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.