GONZALES — A Baton Rouge man has been sentenced to 45 years in state prison after pleading guilty to rash of burglaries of Ascension Parish car washes last year.
Prosecutors in Ascension had accused Hubert Bourgeois, 54, of breaking into the control rooms for the car washes and then using a grinder to break into coin machines for the cash and change.
The burglaries went on from Sept. 23 to Nov. 9 as Bourgeois, of 902 Europe St., was cutting holes on the control rooms’ roofs to enter them, prosecutors with the 23rd Judicial District Attorney’s Office said in a statement Thursday.
Ascension Parish sheriff’s investigators were able to tie Bourgeois to one of burglaries through video surveillance and blood found near one of the rooftop entry holes that had been cut open.
Prosecutors said Bourgeois, once arrested, confessed to the other burglaries and on March 14 pleaded guilty to nine counts of simple burglary, five counts of simple criminal damage to property greater than $500 and one count of simple criminal damage to property less than $500.
Judge Thomas Kliebert Jr. gave Bourgeois a combined sentence of 45 years in prison for all the charges Monday at the Parish Courthouse Annex in Gonzales.
Bourgeois also previously was convicted in East Baton Rouge Parish on counts of felony theft and simple burglary, prosecutors in Ascension said.