NAPOLEONVILLE — Assumption Parish deputies have arrested an 18-year-old and a 13-year-old who admitted burglarizing three camps in the Belle River area on Thursday and setting fire to one of them, Sheriff Mike Waguespack said.
The camp “burned to the ground. There’s no way to get a firetruck out there; there’s no road out there. It’s in the swamp,” said Deputy Robert Martin, the Sheriff’s Office public information officer.
The Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office got a call about 4:30 p.m. Thursday that a camp was on fire in the Belle River area. Responding deputies learned the burning camp was in the community of Bay Natchez in St. Martin Parish and alerted deputies in that parish.
A few hours later, the Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office got a call about a burglary of a camp in the same area. Through their investigation, deputies learned the names of two teens who might have been involved and had been riding in a boat in the area at the same time of the fire at the camp, Waguespack said in a news release.
Brett Hebert, 18, 138 Agnes St., Pierre Part, and a 13-year-old boy admitted to burglarizing a camp in Assumption Parish and two in St. Martin Parish, one of which they had set fire to, the release said.
Hebert was booked into the Assumption Parish Detention Center in Napoleonville on Friday on counts of criminal damage to property, simple burglary and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, the Sheriff’s Office report said.
Hebert’s bail has been set at $22,000 and he remains in custody.
The juvenile was booked into the Assumption Parish Juvenile Detention Center on Friday on counts of criminal damage to property and simple burglary, the release says. Bail had not yet been set for him as of Monday.
The St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office has placed a hold requesting that the teens be turned over to its custody once released by Assumption authorities.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office at (985) 526-1627 or (985) 369-2912.