Berwick burglaries investigated

Berwick Police Chief James Richard

Police chief similar to Bayou Vista burglaries

On Friday morning, the Berwick Police Department received several reports of burglaries in the Country Club Estates area similar to the ones the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating in Bayou Vista, Berwick Police Chief James Richard said.
Police received a call from a resident saying a suspect had entered a residence through an apparent unlocked back door around 2 a.m. Friday and stole some personal items, Richard said. The resident was awakened by the suspect entering the back door, and by the time the resident got up the suspect was gone, Richard said.
During the day on Friday, Berwick police received complaints of vehicle burglaries and at least one other home that had been entered in a similar way to the first incident, the chief said.
Police are conducting an investigation and are speaking with sheriff’s detectives about its investigation, Richard said. “At this point, there is no apparent forced entry,” Richard said. “Basically, they are entering unlocked doors in vehicles and apparently homes.” Richard advised everyone in the town to make sure they lock their doors, he said.
Sheriff’s detectives are also investigating two residential burglaries and a vehicle burglary that occurred on Teche and David roads in Bayou Vista in the past couple weeks and a residential burglary reported Thursday on Sunset Avenue, St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert said in a news release Friday.
The sheriff’s office received the calls on Tuesday morning, Aug. 12. In both cases, small items such as wallets and cell phones were taken out of the homes. Some of the items were recovered nearby and returned to the owners, Hebert said.
Upon receiving the complaints from residents on Teche and David roads, the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division implemented patrol actions aimed specifically at stopping this type of criminal activity in that area. Through those actions, and increased patrols, deputies have made arrests on other cases in the neighborhood, Hebert said.
On Thursday, the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office received a report of a burglary at a residence on Sunset Avenue. Deputies learned from the homeowner that a laptop computer and other items were taken from the residence, Hebert said.
Detectives are working to determine if the crimes that occurred on Teche and David roads are related to the most recent burglary on Sunset Avenue, Hebert said. In two of the incidents there were no signs of forced entry, the sheriff said Friday.
In the cases on Teche and David roads, neighboring residents contributed by providing information on the crimes and by promptly reporting suspicious activity to deputies, the release said. The St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office will continue to patrol the Bayou Vista community, according to the news release.
Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Traci Landry said this morning the office did not have any new information to release on its burglary investigations, but the sheriff’s office is aware of the burglaries reported in Berwick and detectives are talking to Berwick police.

By ZACHARY FITZGERALD zfitzgerald@daily-review.com

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