Three agencies join forces to solve case

By: CARISSA HEBERT

Managing Editor

Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Captain Keith Dupre, chief of detectives, said the sheriff’s office was contacted about a break-in on Necessity Loop near Basile Wednesday, May 7.

A purse was taken in the break-in, and evidence was gathered at the scene by Deputy Earlin Fruge, who turned the matter over to investigators.

Dupre said a break in the case occurred when the ATM card was used.

At the same time, deputies learned another break-in, which occurred on the old Basile Highway May 7, when someone kicked in the front door of the home. In this case, someone took a VCR player, 25-inch television and a jewelry box.

On the same day, St. Landry Parish’s Rick Leger, a detective in charge of the Eunice Substation, and Eunice Police Detective Robert “Beef” Brickley, gave Dupre some evidence in the case.

Brickley learned the ATM may have been used by Sharon Monique Francois, 42, 821 Highway 29, Eunice.

Dupre said a deputy made a traffic stop and saw a jewelry box in the vehicle. The deputy took pictures of the items and then allowed the vehicle to leave. One of the guys in the vehicle was recognized through a picture by a family member of the victim.

Dupre said Detective Stanley Washington traveled to Eunice to meet with detectives at the police department.

Francois was picked up in Eunice in regards to another case, and Eunice detectives recovered stolen items, including a jewelry box. Dupre said the jewelry box was the only thing pertaining to this parish’s case.

As a result of this investigation, he said a warrant was executed for Francois’ arrest. She is being charged with two counts of burglary and two counts of theft. As the investigation continues, Dupre said charges are pending, and others are being questioned in this case.

Dupre thanked the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Eunice Police Department for their assistance in this investigation. He said the working relationship established by Sheriff Eddie Soileau and his staff with these other agencies is working well. He said by sharing information, these three agencies were able to recover stolen items and make an arrest in two separate cases. He thanked everyone for their assistance.

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