Balla charged with burglary and theft
By: MICHAEL BORDELON
An investigation by the Mamou Police Department led to one arrest after two reports of items stolen.
Bethany Balla, 29, 517 Second St., Mamou, was charged with simple burglary, criminal damage to property and theft of a firearm after being linked to two separate burglary cases. The investigation was led by Assistant Police Chief Katina Richard and Lt. Chris Godeaux.
Detective Todd Ortis said the Mamou Police Department initially received a complaint that Balla had allegedly broken into an apartment, broke several items and stole several others. During the investigation, witnesses gave descriptions of Balla and her vehicle.
Balla was quickly located and arrested, according to Ortis, and charged with simple burglary and criminal damage to property. Shortly thereafter, another burglary report was made by a different individual. That victim claimed several of his items were moved and a .22 caliber pistol was stolen. It was learned Balla was the person hired to clean the second victim’s home. Ortis said Balla allegedly looked through his things and later returned to the home and stole the pistol.
The pistol was recovered, according to Ortis, and Balla was additionally charged with theft of a firearm. Balla was transported to the Evangeline Parish Jail.