SPRINGFIELD - Authorities have accused two men of burglarizing Blood River-area homes they accessed with a bateau.
Livingston Parish Sheriff’s deputies arrested the pair in connection with a series of burglaries that included homes they had to reach by boat, Chief Deputy Jason Ard said Friday.
The homes involved in the case are in a gated community located on a “finger canal” off Blood River, Ard said.
The men are accused of stealing firearms, beer, liquor, flat-screen television sets and a watermelon, he said.
Investigators haven’t been able to recover many of the stolen items because they were sold on the streets in Baton Rouge or consumed, Ard said.
Asked about the watermelon, Ard replied it wasn’t sold - the men cut a hole in it, poured in vodka and ate the melon.
The men also are accused of breaking into Lagniappe Restaurant, 30161 La. 22, in Springfield.
The Sheriff’s Office identified the arrested men as Terry G. Pounder, 17, and Eric Brunet, 23, who both live at 31947 Pats Lane in Springfield.
Pounder has been booked with two counts of simple burglary and three counts of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release which said Pounder’s bond was set at $105,000.
Brunet was booked with two counts of simple burglary, two counts of burglary of an inhabited dwelling and one count of possession of a Schedule II controlled dangerous substance, according to the release, which said Brunet’s bond was set at $90,000.
When deputies were searching Brunet prior to booking him into the Livingston Parish Detention Center, deputies spotted a plastic bag containing approximately 2 grams of cocaine fall out of his pants pocket, authorities said.
Some of the burglaries, all of which occurred in the last 30 days, were committed at night and some during daylight, Ard said.
He said the investigation is continuing.