Monday arrest may solve rash of home burglaries
Members of the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Crowley Police Department have been extremely busy working numerous home invasions and burglaries during the past several days. Working together, has led to these agencies getting their man in custody, announced Sheriff Wayne Melancon and Crowley Police Chief K.P. Gibson in a joint news conference Tuesday afternoon.
The first incident occurred early Thursday,Oct. 7 morning in the 1300 block of East Elm Street in Crowley. Police discovered a white male forced his way into the residence of an elderly woman through a rear door. Once inside, the suspect armed himself with a weapon and removed property from the residence while the victim was present. No harm came to the victim as the suspect fled the scene.
On Sunday evening, Oct. 10, the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office investigated five burglaries in the southeast area of the parish.
During these burglaries, the suspect entered either the residence or attached living areas and committed the burglaries while residents were home. During one of the burglaries, the suspect was confronted by the resident and fled the scene.
Investigators with both agencies worked on the numerous cases and arrested Austin Jones of Crowley.
On Monday afternoon, he was booked into the Acadia Parish Jail with two counts of burglary, one count of attempted burglary and one count of possession of stolen property. In all, Jones’ bond has been set at $270,000.
Both the Acadia parish Sheriff ‘s Office and the Crowley Police Department are continuing their investigations into this crime spree to confirm if other suspects were involved and to confirm any additional burglaries involving Jones.
Sheriff Melancon said the “investigation was still in its infancy.”
Chief Gibson indicated the joint investigation is also focusing on whoever received stolen property from the suspect.
Questioned about the skeletal remains found on Hwy. 100 Friday, Oct. 8, Sheriff Melancon said his office was attempting to contact relatives in Texas before releasing the man’s name or the results of forensic investigation underway in a LSU laboratory in Baton Rouge.